I hope I don't regret my decision. When BB first dropped the price with sales tax, I was one of the first to buy it. Before long, I have the new 24-70 II lens in my hands. After a few shots, I was blown away by the image quality. But there was something that keep bothering... why the old side pinch cap... why? I bought it brand new... why does it have the old style cap. But after a few days, I decided that I can just replace it with the center-style pinch cap. I was again a happy camper... Then Amazon started selling the same lens at the price dropped price.. Then B&H... At that time, Adorama has entered the scene yet. I couldn't take advantage of Amazon because of the sales tax thing in CA. However, I called B&H and found they were selling at the same price without sales tax and free shipping. Placed the day.... Since that time, I have returned my good copy from BB. Now I am waiting for it to arrive some time later this week. I am hoping that I don't have this issue on my new expecting lens. That would be a bummer that I sent in a perfect good 2012 copy for a new version with the tick-tick-tick sound while zooming.