PRICE RANT Ahead... (and sorry for the length)
Come on everyone - Wake Up! Do you really need this stuff at these prices?
Canon has lost me for quite a while until they WTFU and get past this insanity. I am running away from these prices. In fact, I'm considering selling a few things now, not buying more. Unfortunately, there are thousands of fans out there that simply MUST buy all this new gear right away at whatever price is asked which will delay the return to reasonable prices for at least a year or two instead of just a few months. If the market (enthusiasts) ran away at these prices, they would quickly drop. But Canon expects enough enthusiasts to accept and swallow this price point to demand it and rake in cash which is a real shame. In this case, Canon equates "Enthusiasts" to = "Suckers". Our society has become so impatient and demanding of instant gratification at any cost that most consumers have truly become sheep. Upgrade cycles for expensive luxury items have become months, not years. Sorry if this offends you but if it does, then think a minute about why it offends you. Then go shoot some pictures in a 3rd World Country or even just a poor part of town.
You are spot on with most aspect but remember that the thing is new high quality lens as always had a big price tag when they come out. The 24-105 wasn't 800$ when it came out, it was 1250, which, adjusted to today's price, is about 1450$. So in 2012 for the same price, you get a smaller, better optically lens with macro capability, but lose 35mm on the long end. It's pretty much the same with the 24-70mm I vs II.
The problem with Canon as you said is that they arre doing an Apple of themself, and seem to ignore the competition right now (well not entirely considering the recent firmware update boom we saw!) but they don't have th reputation/popularity of Apple. Apple will probably sell a huge amount of Ipad mini even though the competition is better at a lower price point. I think this will not be the same with Nikon vs Canon. Canon will have a harder and harder time if they can't stay competitive.
I mean, Nikon has been selling the D600 with the excellent 24-85mm for 2600$! And Canon is probably gonna sell the 6D with 24-70mm for 3100 if not more! Bam, again the 500$ difference, remind us of the D800 vs 5DIII (which the former seems to be destroying the latter in sale!). I think they should have introduced 2 lenses this time around, one 24-70/85mm f/4 IS without the marco thing for 800 and a updated 24-105mm f/4 IS macro for 1500$ It would have been the best of both world!
Oh and I didn't even talked about the non L prime, that's just even sadder...