Is there any difference between the "velvet" and "matte" versions of this lens? This lens seems like a steal at the sub-$300 range they've been going for lately..
There's no optical difference, the earlier matte finish had flaking issues and i believe the velvet finish was to resolve that issue....which also made it look a whole lot nicer.
I though about upgrading to the 'Art' version but every time i use this lens it amazes me. I use it mostly at f2 and it's incredibly sharp at that aperture.