Quote from: birdman on July 08, 2012, 01:49:48 PMSurprising how high that lens has always been. Had two copies at two different times. Overrated. Great contrast and delicious colors, but sharpness not near level of say, 70-200/4 ISTrue, but which is more important. I've had both lenses and just last month sold the EF 70-200 f/4L IS USM because it was too slow, uses up your batteries really fast and the pictures look cold. On the other hand, my 24-70 f/2.8L mark 1 is a late-2011 manufacturer copy, is 9/10 for sharpness, but 10/10 for colour and 10/10 for AF speed. People say to me "wow those colours are amazing" - never got that with the other L lens.
Surprising how high that lens has always been. Had two copies at two different times. Overrated. Great contrast and delicious colors, but sharpness not near level of say, 70-200/4 IS
B&H has it new in stock for 1600.00http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&sku=264304&is=USA&sub=cpw&A=details&Q=
Incredibly, I did manage to find a mainstream UK retailer selling this lens for $2,000+ on eBay (see link for Photo Direct below):http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Canon-EF-24-70mm-f-2-8L-USM-LENS-24-70-mm-UK-/110896909200?pt=UK_Lenses_Filters_Lenses&hash=item19d1f88b90Since I bought mine at the start of this year, prices have risen by 60%, even the Canon Price Watch chart for the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM looks to be a bit out-dated (most of the retailers surveyed are 'Out of Stock' and Adorama are quoting $1,699 for US Warranty item):
Actually they are still in stock:http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10051_10051_282307_-1They are an even better deal when Canon has a 20% off coupon, but when that coupon hits the good lenses sell out within 5 minutes.I actually purchased this one a few days ago without coupon, supposed to be delivered today, because I have to shoot a baptism in a low lit church this weekend. I'll see if I like it. If its a good copy, I'll keep it, if not, I'll either return it or sell it. Mine came out to be something like $1,203 with taxes. There's a free shipping coupon out there, I think it's SHIP712.
I am looking at the price on amazon.com and the price is close to $2000 now. Is there a shortage of these lens or is the demand high even though the MKII is around the corner?