Folks, every week or so I get this bug up my skirt about this lens. Then I start reading the reviews and opinions or talk to friends and cool off on it, but then it starts again. This pattern has been repeating itself pretty consistently. I know the rational for not recommending/buying this lens and I can probably even pritch it if necessary, for instance: for that price you can buy 24-105 and 70-200 and you're covered or 10x zooms cannot be the same quality, etc. Here is why I truly haven't purchased it yet: push & pull. Meanwhile I'm reading from all of the 100-400 folks that this is the best lens and not only they don't mind the push/pull, but they wouldn't even want Canon to change it.
My two semi-rhetorical quesions are these: is the push/pull something that people really get used to and start loving it? And this one is for the people who actually own(ed) the lens: can you really say that the quality is lower than say 70-200, etc.?
Today being my birthday, I said to myself: I have used the 70-200 2.8 IS only once and though I love it, I can really sell without loosing a lot of green. Will it make sense to add a few more hundreds and get it so I can get it out of my system?