Currently it is $1700 Canadian brand new. That is about $500 out of my already unreasonable price-range. It is a lens I am looking at getting within the next 12 months. I like to pretend as though I like primes, but I find prime lenses tend to be tremendously inconvenient. I have no plans to sell my 50mm 1.8G or 85mm 1.8G to fund the lens though. Just curious if anyone else has any thoughts on the 'older' Nikon 24-70 f2.8.