I accidentally ordered this lens twice from Amazon. I just got the shipping notice for the second one, which came as quite a shock to me. Since they seem to be back ordered by a month or more I thought I would offer it to an APUG member first before I send it back.
I have to say I am very happy with the first copy of this lens I received a few weeks ago. It is a nice improvement over the AFD version on a modern camera like the F100 and the digital bodies. Very sharp, and the backgrounds blur nice and smoothly when shot open.
Price is $219 (what I paid for it) plus Paypal fees and shipping. It arrives here on Friday, so no pictures. I am trusting it will be in like new condition.