This was the "final" prime to be added to my collection (35 1.8G, 50 1.4G, and 60mm AF-S) and I will have to say DESPITE it's age, it is an amazing mechanical piece of work.
I purchased it used as I felt the current $360 offerings are a bit steep (BH/Adorama); at $265 including the metal hood, I feel as if this is a fair price.
I managed to snag an extremely sharp copy, not as sharp as a macro, but very close.
I wanted to have an alternative to the larger wide-lens offerings currently in the Nikon line up: 14-24 2.8 and 24-70 2.8; this lens offers about the same range (+/- 10 to 35mm!) with a weight savings of nearly 1.5lbs!!
I currently own a D200, and this provides an excellent FOV for group shots; on my N75, it's literally ultrawide with minimal distortion that I don't have to worry about correcting for.
Worthwhile investment, just mind the flaring and of course ensure that your copy is sharp and focusing well (since others have complained otherwise on here).