Thanks for the reply Suatin. It's great to have a man of God doing reviews as I know that we are accountable to a higher authority. My dad is a pastor as well for a non denominational church in California.
Right now the lens cost 1499 with a 100 dollar rebate, so just 100 off your target price. You can get it from eBay for 1299, but then I wouldn't have as much option for return or exchange if I get a softer copy or one w a back focussing issue.
Believe it or not, one of the big consideration for me is the fact that this lens is black instead of white. I'm stationed in England now, and visiting some of the European countries like Italy, Spain or Greece would make me nervous with a white "steal me" lens
. Also we'll be visiting Indonesia for my relative's wedding, so again, a more discrete lens might be preferable.
If money were not an issue (within reason), would you choose this or the Mk II Canon, and why?