I got mine a few weeks ago, and am playing with it, as it requires a new skill set. I shoot mainly in manual, so not too hard. It will require a few test shots to nail exposure, or perhaps a light meter. For me, focus is a bit tricky. I use a loupe to help. Also, I "discoverdd" yesterday that the dof button works with the lens, so this helps.
sekI ordered this lens today, can't wait to get out and try it!
I would say that developing a new skill set is probably an accurate assessment. It is certainly unlike any other manual focus only lens that I have used because of the extreme nature. The viewfinder will be mostly for composition, not focus. I either prefocus using the distance markers (and knowing where my lens hits focus) along with live view in other situations. I don't get out of focus shots with the lens at all, so my technique works fine for me.
Thanks Dustin. I'm prob gonna be using Live view to focus and viewfinder to find that comp that is all but elusive with UWA lenses! I find myself looking through the VF and waving the camera about in all kinds of angles, looking like a bit of an idiot in the process, to find the angle that employs the distortion to good use! It usually ends in me saying "I need a wider lens!" At which point I get the from the girlfriend!
I got mine for ¥28,000 which is a steal! Still waiting on delivery!
I think you will really enjoy it.