Price Note: This lens was released in the USA around 10/30/06, which is the day I ordered mine. At that time, the stores that had it were selling it for $1250 (e.g., B&H, OneCall, J&R, etc.). I got mine for $1150 from Allen's in PA, which was quite remarkable pricing at that time. As of today, 12/27/06 (approximately 2 months from release), Beach Camera has it for $999 shipped. That's 80% of its release price. What a drop.