What is the front lens cap like? Is it crappy like the 8-15mm or is it a better design?
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Another thing that is very very nice about this lens when shooting wide is the bokeh. Very special.
+1 ...... Love the bokeh on this lens. It seems strange, but I often use this lens for a portrait lens for close up work.
If you buy now and canon releases something else down the line, you're still ahead.
I bought my 16-35 II for $1250 back in 2008. I sold it last year for $1218 on ebay. It's like I had a free 6 year rental and have thousands of images to show for it.
If your gear is clean and looks pristine, L lenses hold their value exceptionally well. Take the pictures you want now and sell it for little to no loss, using those funds to buy the next new thing that comes along.