Rick -- The lens has been in storage for a few months and may not have fared well as it was moved from closet to closet, but I'm pretty sure it was working well the last time I used it (November, I think). Previously, I had been using the newer version of the EL Nikkor 50mm f/2.8, and I loved it. Are there any optical differences between them? Or does the newer one just have a fancier looking barrel?

Pentaxuser -- I may finance my next trip to the UK by smuggling a bag full of them, then! Unless someone on here can correct me, central Arkansas has a dearth of analog photography supplies and services (except for the fellow in Sherwood that sells Weincell batteries and Super 8 film), so I may be hard pressed to find an expert to look it over...