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Here's my thoughts. I'd appreciate input from those who have used both the 5D2 and 5D3.
I'm very excited about the 5D3 and was going to buy one. My problem is that I'm going from a crop body and would only have a 50 and 85 prime and a 70-200 f2.8 to use with it. I found that for the price of the 5D3, I can buy a new 5D2 plus a 16-35 f2.8 II.
Although I spent many years as a professional, I'm now a happy amateur, doing mostly landscapes, nature, portraits and FPJ photos of my family. I don't do sports or events. I grew up shooting manual everything.
Everything I read indicates the 5D3 is a remarkable camera, addressing many issues of the 5D2. However, it seems that under "normal" conditions, the IQ is practically the same. Even though the extreme low light capability of the 5D3 is exciting and I'd love to have it, there aren't that many instances where I would really need it, although I bet I'd shoot more low light if I had the capability. While focus issues may be an annoyance, if I miss a shot because of mis-focus, there's no real consequence compared to a pro shooting a wedding.
Why 16-35 instead of the more "classic" 24-70? I love SWA. I would rather go more wide and have a gap from 35mm to 50mm and 50mm to 70mm.
While I can swing ~$3500, $5000 would be a big stretch. Therefore, I think I'll go 5D2 + 16-35. What do you think?