I bought my third copy of this lens today. First one I traded in order to go from silver to black. Made the mistake of selling the black one. This price drop definitely softened the blow of having to buy it back again. Came to a bit over $850 with tax buying from my local camera dealer whom I try to support with at least half of my purchases.
After paying list prices to get cameras and lenses I needed (wanted) right away, I've been waiting for price drops and sales for additional lenses. Hooray! My sale-priced 75mm lens is on the way from B&H.