It's the original version, and I'm not familiar with the merchant. But since the changes between this version and the new one are reportedly primarily cosmetic, thought folks might be interested in checking this out. Stumbled across it just now: Olympus M.Zuiko 75-300 Lens - $466.66 : HotInTheSale.com, sale It says there are 12 left. UPDATE: Just googled them, and it may be too good to be true. Some reports of folks paying for something with Western Union and not getting their item.