JP,
She LOVES it. And usually uses it at the longer end of the zoom range, so the close focusing limitation (which I think has been addressed in the newer versions) is not an issue for her. the lens allows her to obtain pictures a cut above her friends with normal 28-105 zooms and the speed of the lens lets her cover any situation with 400 speed film. When we go on vacation, I usually bring my fuji 690 rangefinder and joke that my 6x9 is lighter than her 35mm. She is generally considered by other tourists as the "serious" photographer and my camera isn't given a second look.