I've been eyeing up the 85L for some time now and as a friend of mine is visiting San Fransisco in August, I was thinking of whether to get her to buy it from a Calumet store there. It would save me around £400 in comparison to UK prices - calumet sells to $2099 (c. £1280), UK prices are around (£1699).
Since I can't test the lens before purchase, are there any draw backs with doing this? I did read somewhere about US sales taxes - does this get added to the price quoted? Is there anyway of reclaiming this tax like in EU countries for foreign visitors?
If I find the lens soft wide open can I still calibrate it in the uk - I'm not sure if the warranty would apply in the UK? would that be free or chargeable with Canon?