It looks like the rumors about a Canon Product Announcement on Feb 7. were right, it just wasn't the 5DMkII successor.
The price of the 24-70 is ridiculous. With an IS, it might be justified, but with out one, no way
100% agree. That lens is $1000 more than the current one (Amazon price vs. the Canon release info). You have to buy new filters, no IS, etc. Is the image quality worth that extra $$ and what you didn't get in the new rev?
I'm seriously thinking to buy the current version, especially if the rebates are still available on it. I'm not sure the image quality difference is enough to sway me to spend an extra $1000 on the new one. It's the only L lens I've held off on buying until the new rev came out. I'm not planning to go above 20-24Mpix in a DSLR camera body as I have an old Hasselblad 500c with a PhaseOne back for medium format work (but looking at a new PhaseOne for 2013).
In my bag I've got the 16-35mm f/2.8 L II, the 24-105mm f/4 IS L, the 50mm f/1.2 L, the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L II, the 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS L, the 135mm F/2 L, and the 1.4x Tele-converter III ( <--- this one is very nice, way better than the rev II ). My plans were to get the new 24-70mm (WITH IS!!!) and sell the 24-105mm to a buddy that has borrowed it often and loves it (hell I love it as well, but it's f/4 and limits my uses for portraits and low-light wedding work, one reason I got the 50mm f/1.2 L).
Now....I'm thinking to buy the current 24-70mm, save the the $1k and keep my 24-105mm f/4 IS L to have an IS lens as my walk around with decent range (like I do today).
Really disappointed with this. Steeling myself for further disappointment on what bodies Canon will announce. Makes me think about switching, something I would have never dreamed of doing until this last year.