haha well the first 3 pages of this thread can be deleted it really only starts being relevent on page 4
agree about the tripod ring on the 70-200 i personally leave the ring off mine and just put it on if i'm going to actually shoot off a tripod with it.
nice pics, I'm still not sure if i'll go for this lens i'd be interested in seeing some 40mm f2.8 shots side by side with the shorty forty just to see how much bang for buck that little badboy delivers
I'm super happy i snagged a 24-70 mk1 for $800 and its a really good copy (the best i've ever used)
so i'll probably just stick with that and hold out for a 35 f1.4L II
I really like the way the mk1 zooms within the hood the zoom of the 24-105 always bugs me the extending zooms are ok from a being compact point of view however if you shoot in a dusty environment they are a nightmare and fine dust gets dragged into the focus ring even though they are dust sealed