Have only had this lens for a few weeks now but am enjoying my time with it. I almost jumped for the 35mm f1.4 but for someone that is new to photography this lens is already more than enough. The AF is very fast, well fast enough for me at least. It creates beautiful images very easily.
Great pickup and gives you the aperture ring in the lens which is very nice. Love the all metal body and the tactile experience of it.
If your new and on the fence about the 35 mm 1.4 vs 2.0 get the 2 and save yourself some money.