back in 1996, ( I THINK it was in 1996... ) I bought a 200/1.8L and a 400/2.8L from B&H....
if I remember well I paid 4400$ for the 200/1.8L and 6600$ for the 400/2.8 ( the non-IS version) . I also bought a x1.4 and x2 extender.
I was into astronomy ( especially solar eclipses ) and thought that I needed powerful telelenses with wide aperture.
I hardly used them because they were heavy and big.
a few years later I sold them, because, alas, that's life, I needed money for travellling... and so I got rid of those gems.
instead, I got me a 200/2.8L , used, and a new Sigma 400/5.6 APO Macro . Cheaper, and easier to carry while travelling.
but today, I am somewhat nostalgic about those two lenses.
Those lenses came in a beautiful alu box.
and now that I read on FM that they get top ratings, I just think that well, it's nice to realize that at least for a few years I used to own those 'chef-d'oeuvres' , even if I rarely used them... Aaaahhhhh... nostalgia.