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The optical read for the six bit coding is cool, but I'm pretty sure the focus assist will work whether your lens is coded or not. I prefer to control the digital zoom myself, but I can see where that would be handy for someone who likes using it, or even likes using it sometimes and turning it off other times.
In other news...
I picked up a Minolta MC W.Rokkor-HG 35/2.8 on the bay for $40. Not a spectacular price for the lens, but it looks close to new, and you can never have enough 35s.