Hogloff wrote in post #16827003
Why would anybody jump on the pre-order? You have lived without this lens for years...can't you wait a few more months? Lately, there have been issues with early released equipment...do you want to be the guinea pigs?
I actually agree with this as a general rule in my life for all things and am kinda a value driven buyer(value meaning trade off between what is gained and price, not cheap), but I pre orderd (hopefully before most of you:p)
This morning i thought why not? Like was already said, I will get a good copy and I will pay $100 more than a year from now, whatever. Buying new elimates the risk of issues as it will just be returned. The biggest risk of pre ordering is that it is not a very good lens, or a lens worth a grand. I was in a gambling mood this morning. Oh yeah, and if the performance happens to be ehh, I can still send it back, so I wouldn't call those options guinea pig.
Also, I am not going anywhere special, but my current 50 is a Pentax super tak that while I love enough to not be motivated by any current available 50s(until now) is a little long in the tooth. I think years of using a vintage lens and dealing with lack of AF despite having means for another 50 but no incentive based on options it felt nice that something with incentive came to be and I want to put the super tak out of my bag and onto my shelf, it is time.
So that is my answer to your question