I really have no issues with this lens. Worth the price? Well that is very subjective.
For my purposes, yes.
-Sharper and less distortion at 24 mm than the 24-105
-Better IS hands down
-Macro integrated with hybrid IS is very useful.
-Lens lock (no creep, although for this price I cannot see why this should be and issue but it was for the 24-105)
-Far better hood with lock
-Lighter and smaller for travel
-Not as sharp at 50mm but then again most of my shots are 24-35mm or 70 so I never really noticed any issues. Even at 50 the images are more than acceptable.
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And here is the reason why Canon releases their equipment at these high prices...because there are some out there willing to pay the price. Once the cream is all taken off the top, they lower the price to attract the next level of photogs. Happens with all their gear. Just look at the EOS-M, now selling at a fraction of the originally released price, but there are some who willingly opened up their wallets at it's originally obscene introductory price.