I was planning on buying this lens for a while but prioritized my manual focus lenses... about a month and a half ago I decided to lay out the cash but the supply of it had apparently dried up. Now within the past few days the price has been posted at $290 once they get it back in a B&H/Adorama... I was able to drop in an order at Amazon for $199 but I don't know if they will still honor it.
Does anyone know what is going on with this lens? It can't be blamed on the tsunami because it had disappeared before that, plus it is manufactured in China. It's only about two years old, could they already be making a version 2 of it? I know people have been asking for a multicoated version.