(Apologies if this has been pointed out already but...)
I split my time between the UK and HK. For some reason, the difference in price between the MkI and MkII appears to be smaller in HK than anywhere else at the moment.
As an example, in the UK the MkI retails for GBP1500 while the MkII retails for a whopping GBP2500. In HK, the MkI was going for around HKD13700. The RRP of the MkII is 'only' HKD19000 and I've seen mention of a HKD17000 street price.
I can usually save a couple of hundred quid on a lens in HK, but that's a GBP1100 difference!
Mmm...if I get three, I'll have saved enough to buy a 1D MkIV
You won't be getting any in HK anytime soon. Each shop here got 1 lens and I'd say 90+% of them are gone already. The shops have no idea when they'll be back in stock.
I put my name down for one a day or so after it was announced, the shop I did it in (Kinefoto) hadn't even heard of the announcement when I put the order in.
I don't think it will be $17000 anytime soon either. Maybe in a year it will get to $18000 or so.