So they will make an overpriced V2 and then have plans for a IS version. Why didn't they just make the V2 have IS?It is quite simple really. Canon will first launch the overpriced 24-70L II, and then they will launch the 24-70L II IS at an ever higher price!
The pricetag of the IS version will then make the non IS version look like a bargain!
This strategy seems to have worked with both the 70-200 f/2.8 & f4. The IS versions makes the non-IS versions look like a bargain....and they probably are!