Why the heck would they discontinue such a useful lens? Either the profits from the lens weren't enough, they have another version planned, or they think their current range of 35's is enough.
I like mine a lot, although for me it's a kind of 'necessity' lens rather than a 'favourite' lens, if that makes sense. If I need a small and fast 35, this is the lens, but I am not overly wowed by its images. It's good, but not breathtaking like the Zeiss Sonnar ZM. I prefer the rendering of the 35mm f1.2 v1, but that's too large and heavy for an all day walkabout lens.