That's funny u mentioned that! He replied back to me he has a v1 copy in excellent+ condition listed for $1,000 but sure I can get for about $900 based on my history there. For $300 (maybe $250) more for the v2. That's my only concern which is I've been thru upgrading all my original lenses so I do t wanna go thru this again in the future because its so costly! All my glass is L-glass now! I know $300 is $300 even though I'm sure the v1 is fine. As far as filters r concerned, that's ANOTHER damn expense I could save however I would need a 77 regardless since my UVs never come off my current lenses. So the cost btwn a 77 & 82 can't be that much!