I remember when I bought my 24-70mm f/2.8 mI. Its full price was $1299 and I got a promo from BHPhoto + a Canon rebate taking my brand new lens down to $950. So when I see this lens going for $2299 I remind myself of how lucky I was to get one for so cheap. I'm sure the new one is better in every way, but for 2.25x the money none of my customers will be able to tell the difference haha. Maybe I'll get one some day. I don't know about you guys, but I find that prices have gotten unacceptably high.
Yea I've heard all the reasons. The floods and other disasters, the economy, etc. But when a lens jumps up 200% in price its really scary. Anyway, I'm just ranting about prices sorry.