Thanks everyone for the comments. Frank, believe it or not, this shot was done with the 24-85mm at 85mm. I keep thinking of getting rid of this lens , as I am lusting for the Beast, but when I use it I'm always impressed with the image quality it can produce.
Patrick has this lens also, and it seems to be very good. It would be great if we could all afford every pro lens that we lust for, but the truth is, as you have demonstrated, there are some awfully good mid-range lenses out there that take great pictures at a fraction of the cost. 8)