Picked mine up at UPS on Tue. It's big and heavy. 99% of my shooting is handheld. Tried some handheld shots and that is going to be a challenge and I'm no 90lb weakling. Keeping it steady on a small fixed object is not easy so I'm going to have to work on my technique. My guess is shooting moving subjects handheld will be easier than shooting small stationary objects handheld but I have yet to test this theory. I guess I'm going to have to dust off the tripod.
I have a question. What are people carrying and storing it in? It looks like it might barely fit in my Lowpro 400AW attached to my camera but I'll have to take out my Tamron 70-300 which it will probably replace anyway. But then I also need a place to store the hood. Putting it reversed on the lens works for length but makes it even wider which could mean completely rearranging my Lowpro to try and accomodate it. The other downside is I would probably have to leave it on my camera or store the camera without a lens attached. Storing it attached to the camera would be a pain because it won't be used nearly as often as the 24-105 which lives on my camera. I'm thinking of buying an aluminum case specifically for it and it's hood but that's really not a good option because I like to be able to just grab my Lowpro and go. Looks like I've talked myself into rearranging the Lowpro.
BTW - Ordered May 2nd from B&H.
i picked up this
its got good padding, but to be honest its a little big. Lowepro has a size down from that, but another poster on this forum thought that was too small.