It is a good lens for the smaller sensor digital bodies but I never liked it with film. The corners were really weak on the wide end and it suffered from pretty bad diffraction once past f/11. I have had more than a few negs ruined from these problems. I finally sold it when I left digital behind since it served no real purpose with film. In other words, I wouldn't recommend it.
By the way, it did come out in 2003.