Well, I got myself an "L" lens now. It came with tripod mount also...I didn't realize it wasn't included with new lenses. So, I think I got a good deal.
The seller had several people interested in it and said he would sell it to whoever showed up first. I felt it would be gone if I waited till after work so I left work early in the hopes the others would be stuck at work. Apparently one of the other perspective buyers got a bit upset when the seller told him I was on my way to look at it.
The lens had a bit of grungies on the outside that could easily be cleaned off. I took pictures at several distances and focused using manual and auto...everything looked sharp on the little screen on my Rebel XT. Going to download to computer to take a closer look at the shots. I thought something was wrong when I couldn't hear the autofocus working...actually it was working but a lot quieter than the kit lens.
Just wondering when in autofocus mode, am I supposed to be able to turn the focus ring as easily as if it were in manual mode? Also, is it normal to turn zoom and focus rings past maximum in both directions? Looks like it works great though.