I still have my 70-200 f2.8 that I got in 2001. No need for IS since I usually 'pod it. No need to buy the newer version, I'm not a pixel peeper and it takes good enough shots. I rarely carry it with me because of it's weight, but it's still the best telephoto for the price.
My favourite lens in the bag. People seem to think that unless they have IS these days that lenses are useless! Its a key skill to learn, how to keep yourself steady. Old school techniques are just as relevant now as they were before IS came along.
This lens is sharp, great range, speedy, great AF definitely deserves to be in the category "one of the best lenses ever made"
I bought a used one today, actually, it has barely been used, it was used for film only, probably less than 100 times, and is like new.
I bought a 1.4X TC with it. Its gray and rainy today, but I put on the TC and snapped a image from my front porch. I had to crop 100% due to the distance, and there are some blurs from branches in the image, but is looking good handheld at 1/320 sec due to the lack of bright light. I tried a high iso to get fast shutter speed, but noise was a issue.
Canon 5D MK II, ISO 400, 1/320 Second lens is wide open (f/4 with TC)