First, hello to everyone. This is an excellent and friendly forum. I hope I can become a worthy member.
I'm having a tough time deciding on the 5D Mark III body only or a kit with the 24-105 f/4L IS lens.
Here is my situation. I have a brand new 7D. I bought the 7D when it came out in 2009, had some trouble with it, and luckily I bought the extended warranty which was honored without question. Not only did they give me a brand new camera, but they gave it to me with another brand new 28-135 kit lens as well (and I didn't argue :cool. I say brand new, but in fact the camera has 121 actuations on it just from testing a bit, and it's really good. Everything in the box is still sealed. I used the battery from my old 7D. And I don't want this to be misconstrued as a "feeler" for selling my 7D. So please, no PM's about that. When I make a decision, I'll set a price and probably post here.
I also have EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS and 60mm f/2.8 macro lens that I can sell along with the 7D kit in order to finance the 5D Mark III. Both are in absolutely excellent condition and have been used very little. I didn't use my first 7D very much because I was never happy with it. I believe it was one that had the focus issue that was so beaten to death on the forums when it first came out. So it sat for a long time, and I finally did some real testing which lead me to conclude it needed to be replaced, and it was a good decision because the new one is much better. I am very happy with it and was thinking of keeping the 7D and EF-S lens compliment, but I honestly believe it will collect dust if I get the 5D mk III.
Which brings me to my problem. I am not certain I would be happy with the 24-105 f/4L kit lens. I'm sure it's a good lens, but the 5D mk III is supposed to be so good in low light, I believe I should opt for the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II lens. Now I get hung up on the fact that this lens has no IS. Are lots of people disappointed this lens was released without IS? It's also so expensive, I would have to buy the 5D body only and wait till I can save some money.
Selling the 7D with the EF-S lenses and buying the 5D mk III body only would leave me with only two lenses until I save more money, the 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS, and I also have the 70-200 f/4L IS lens.
I like to shoot low light indoors, and landscape in the evenings, or in mist, etc. I particularly like to take rides in the country and photograph old dilapidated buildings, structures, etc. Many people have told me I have a good eye for composition, and I did a couple real paying jobs with my first DSLR, the 40D, that went very well. Would like to get into some wildlife, but don't think keeping the 7D for extended reach would be necessary in my case. Of course, I could keep the 7D and save money until I can afford the 5D, but I want it so bad right now...
Maybe I'm just pouring out my woes and need someone to listen, but all comments will be appreciated. I really, really, really want the 5D mk III for the better IQ, AF, HD, and all those focus points!
And a final comment. I didn't know much about FF vs crop when I bought my first 40D DSLR, or when I upgraded to the 7D for that matter. I was using a G9 for a while before DSLR. After much educational reading, I have finally come to the conclusion that I am a Full Frame guy for the shooting I like to do.
Thanks to everyone who reads through my first post rant.