Thanks for the feedback...please keep it coming.Gino, I just bought a new 16-35mm L for less than the refurb price. Newegg had a 15% discount on top of the Canon rebate that ended in July. Chances are someone will have a deal.
Next question, assuming I go with the 16-35L f/2.8 II, is there any advantage to buying it brand new for $1,529 with the current rebate offer, or do I save $200 by purchasing a refurbished lens directly from Canon for $1,359?
I'm leaning toward buying refurbished, since I can use the difference in price toward a B+W 82mm MRC Slim UV Filter ($130), and I would still come out ahead compared to buying new.