True story. I was lined up to work on a shoot where I really needed Image Stabilization on a 70-200mm. I ponied up $2500 full retail price to get one shipped in time for the shoot.
Today there's a pretty amazing deal on this lens I wished I had at the time of my purchase. At B&H, the new $2500 70-200mm F/2.8L IS lens immediately drops down to just $2199, and combined with another $300 Mail-in-Rebate, your final total is just $1899. Just add the item to cart to see changes. [Update: Go beyond cart to see changes]
For a limited time, and limited quantity at this price. (found here).
Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II
If you're looking for more range in your lenses, there's a minor instant rebate discount available for Sigma's 70-200mm F/2.8 lens with OS (optical stabilization). I'm not going to dive into hyperfocal distance lingo, but there's a certain look that you get when zoomed out to 200mm and opened up to F/2.8, over a 24mm lens at f/2.8.
Image stabilization is fairly important on these long lenses and if you wanted to check out Canon's 70-200mm version, that will run you about $2300 dollars. Sigma's 70-200mm F/2.8 with OS is a nice alternative lens option and will only run you $1299 right now
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 via Amazon
Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 via BHPhotoVideo
Thanks to Aaron for sharing this unique link. A regular search over at B&H website for the Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 IS II lens will return with a $300 dollar discount. By using this secret little link (click here), you'll find a listing which saves you an extra $100 dollars off on top of the $300 dollar discount. Great deal on this popular lens, instant discount (no mail-in rebates), and you don't need to bundle with a Camera purchase. This is an exclusive deal with B&H and only lasts for a few days. [Thanks Aaron]
Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 IS II Lens Instant Discount
For other current promotions going on with Canon products, check out the rebates page (click here).