I decided to splurge this time rent the Canon 70-200mm LII f2.8 for my son's graduation and went strolling the day after with this beast on my shoulder. I figure it's way easier to rent this baby for 100 dollars than to spend almost three thousand dollars. These beauties were where around Brooklyn and no matter where you look, it reminded me of summer.
My go-to source for rentals has always been http://www.lensrentals.com fast easy and educational. I love the color of this, and the bokeh to me was very dreamy. I'm a firm believer of try before you buy and for these prices, I'll keep working. By the way, all those stories about how heavy it is are 100% accurate.