Waiting for this lens is a Sisyphean task. Rumors about this lens are older than this site, and the site Craig made before this site (also of the same name).
I'd suggest the following:
1) don't buy the current 24-70 lens for more than $1000-1050. You may not be able to find it for that little, but if you do you won't regret getting it and can unload it for close to what you paid for it if/when the 24-70 redux appears
2) get a 24-105 f/4 IS (the IS on this lens goes a long way to helping with handholdability in lower light).
3) get a prime or 2 or 3 for narrow depth of field shooting in the range (24, 35, 50, 85) and true low light shooting (f/2.8 is neither that fast, nor that shallow)
4) don't ever buy it or the ver II (for the reasons I stated above) especially since the ver II looks like it will lack IS (a real shame given that IS is a very important tool to all photographers).
Sorry guys I dont get it. I been following the forum. People were raving on about canon announcment on jan 3rd. which is today. Today i checked the forum and theres nothing. does this mean canon has announced nothing today??? We are in UK time here. am I a bit early?
Im expecting the 24-70 MkII announcement. It will help me decide what lens to buy! either to buy it back now or wit for MkII. does this mean that there is NO ANNOUNCEMENT OF THIS F***KING LENS THIS MONTH??
so much for rumous....