|sb in ak
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I think the lens will prove to be excellent in all regards. I'm waiting on the slightly used/refurbished market to open up. The 180/2.8 is a prime lens, but yes -- at that age in design, you'd expect a newer lens to markedly outperform. Aspherics, lens coatings, advances in R & D, better materials, etc. usually are VERY RELEVANT -- regardless of the gentleman who commented about your "25 year old lens" statement. the 70-200 is a tele zoom, though, and the comparison is not exactly apples to apples.
I have a hard time buying at the new to the market prices as well. I'm looking to add one to my landscape kit due to the lighter weight, but I'm waiting for refurbs to show. Or possibly the Tokina 70-200, but that will probably be longer than I want to wait.