well the lens arrived and there is a bit of dust inside the elements (not enough to affect anything) but in all other aspects it is virtually mint. And I got it for a little under $200 if anyone is wondering about a price to look for. (also I continue to be blown away by how good shipping from Japan is - I think it took 3.5 days to get to me on the east coast of Canada). Anyway I look forward to trying it - I don't do much macro photography but I notice it focuses incredibly close - does anyone know what the image magnification is for close-ups?