Hello, this is my first thread since I introduced myself three years ago. I haven't had much to offer by way of experience so I've been content to lurk and gain as much possible knowledge to be applied to my personal enjoyment of Photography as a cherished hobby. My pictures have come a long way in the three years that I have read this forum, and I thank every one of you for the invaluable help. My first DSLR was a Canon 20D that I sold to fund the purchase of my current 5D and 1D MKII, and I picked up a 24-70 f/2.8L to replace the 20D's 17-85 kit lens. A few years ago while working for a newspaper I had the chance to buy a pristine 80-200 f/2.8L "Magic Drainpipe" from one of the photographers, and it has served me very well over the years for everything from track/Motorsports photos to very amateur wedding photos and everything in between. Despite lacking ultrasonic focus I was still always able to get the shot I wanted with the 80-200, and I am still very happy with the image quality from the old lens. I'd been saving for the 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM, but held off purchasing once the rumors of an updated version started surfacing. I waited, continued to save, and now the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM is mine. To be honest I had forgotten to check the news on the glass, so I went from reading Canon's shortage announcement to finding it available at Adorama and having it in my hands within 48 hours. Unboxing pics: As a serious hobbyist with far greater aspirations than talent, this is my second piece of L glass and I am utterly blown away by the image quality and the overall upgrade it represents over the 80-200. The focus is viciously fast on my 1D MKII, and it is an amazing sports lens as the original was before it. When mated to my 5D it reminds me of a large version of my 24-70 f/2.8L, and I dare say its images are even sharper due to the IS as I constantly shoot in low light settings. I have no doubt that I would be this impressed and gushing over the original 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM had I been fortunate enough to own one, but for some reason I chose to wait. In retrospect I don't know how smart this was given how much greater my "keeper" ratio is just from one weekend of shooting, but since I do not rely upon my photos to make my living I guess saving for so long made it easier to assume extra cost of the IS II. Sample images mated to my 5D: Sample images mated to the 1D MKII: I have read my share of gear reviews, but now that I'm making my own I am sure that I am missing something critical here and apologize in advance. I haven't had more than two days/events under my belt with the glass, so while I am enjoying every chance to use it I can only imagine what it would produce in more capable/experienced hands or on one of the more current/updated Canon bodies. I do look forward to growing into it though! Thanks for reading.