I'd say its moreso how its used. a really obvious fashion with the horizon 2/3rds of the way up each image and a tree 1/3 or 2/3rds of the way across every image quickly becomes rather dull if there isn't anything else involved. I find its moreso over the years moving towards using it in a more subtle and complex fashion, including multiple less obvious elements that match those lines as well of course as mixing in other compositional styles. In that fashion you can often have images that don't look overly composed(although this suits some subjects IMHO) yet do actually depend a lot on compositional tools. This shot quote obvious composed with the tree 1/3 of the way acrosss but hopefully not with the intension of that being the main visual interest to the image. The older pancake version used was £220 with a bit of shoping around, I picked up that to go with a 20mm Voightlander(around the same price) as a lightweight setup alternative to my larger zooms with one on the camera and the other in my pocket. There are some tradeoffs for the small size such as light dropoff and purple fringing on very high contrast objects(such as shiney metal) wide open and limited macro ability but I don't find they effect my use of it much. In the centre/mid frame its very sharp wide open and honestly I preffer a bit of light dropoff for the kinds of shots I'm taking at F/2 normally looking to emphasize something. Very well built indeed(just as well as Zeiss lenses which are also made by Cosina most of the time) which again helps with a small overall package you don't need to be as careful with and in having a lens in your pocket.