I purchased this microphone from Amazon.co.uk on Sept 17th, and it arrived the next day first thing in the morning on the 18th with Express Delivery... helpful service as needed it delivered direct to a client ready for filming on the day.
So straight out of the box and into a shoot and it performed fantastically well. Simple and intuitive to use, no complications. Shooting on my Canon 5D mark III with a 24-70mm lens, this mic is great for recording interviews and pieces-to-camera at close proximity. Even when filming in relatively noisy surroundings, in woodland with wind blowing through the leaves, it has recorded clean audio, with minimal if any distracting background noise. With your subject right in front of the lens, this picks up their audio as good as it gets. Being a broadcast cameraman used to using radio mics, I can honestly say the performance is equal to a professional radio mic when recording this close to the lens, without the possibility of rustle.
Following the advice from other reviewers, I set the mic level to +20dB, and turned the sound levels on the camera down to about 1/8 level, which produced these great results.
Other pros are that it is low profile and lightweight, so it won't weigh you down or get in the way. Slight negatives are I can see the rubber supports coming loose fairly frequently if on the move using handheld a lot, and the mic cable is quite thin, but I think this shouldn't cause any major issues, unless snagged hard, so handle with care. Essential to spend the extra £26 to buy the dead cat windshield for outdoor use.
Definitely worth paying extra for this mic over the predecessor if you're in two minds, its a good long term investment. 10 year warranty says it all.