Interesting that the case isn't included. Granted, the case for my 600 II just sits unused, and I store the lens in a Storm im2720. But still, c'mon Canon...nearly $12K for the lens and you don't include the case?!?
Yes, strange one, I've purchased over the years 9 "Big Whites", all included the Case, and like you I actually store my Lenses in HPRC Water Proof Cases not the original Canon cases, but as you note, 12k for a Lens and the Case an optional extra ?? Nikon sell the 200-400 for 7k including the case, still, I've had a Pre Order in for over a year, so they had me in February 2011 I guess. Just hope the hype is all true, I looked at the Pre Release Lenses in Singapore in January 2013, liked what i could see, so here's hoping.
I still don't see an official release date, DPReview are quoting May 29th, but I cant see where Canon have actually put up an official date, has anyone ??