Yes, I am debating I should get the Canon EOS 1D Mark III instead of waiting for Canon EOS 5D Mark II or 40D.
Why? First of all, for those who don't know, I bought a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L lens about 2 weeks ago (sorry for not keep updating my blog... again). Including a 77mm B+W UV filter and a 77mm B+W circular polarizer, Samy's charged me a 4-digit number on my credit card.
I am so happy about this lens because it is the cheapest L lens you can get from Canon's lens lineup. Plus, I was sick of my EF-S 18-55mm kit lens after the Yosemite trip. However, it still cannot solve my current big problem, which is, the lens is not wide enough. Comparing to my friends' Tokina 12-24mm f/4 lens on a 1.6x body, my 17-40mm is really a joke. Should I get the Tokina 12-24mm as well? No way!!! I am not going to spend the other 600 bucks on the other wide angle lens.
What is my solution for taking ultra wide angle shots? I refuse to go for the 1st option which is buying the Tokina 12-24mm lens. Besides the extra 600 bucks, this lens cannot be use on a full frame or 1.3x body. I have tried this lens on a Canon EOS 5D at the Samy's store (thanks to Barry's kindly assistance!!!). The Tokina lens just doesn't work on a FF or 1.3x body until hitting the 17mm mark. Since I plan to move away from the 1.6x body (yes, I'm not going to get the 40D unless it is not 1.6x), I really don't want to waste money on this lens.
The second option is getting the Canon EOS 5D or Canon EOS 5D Mark II. First of all, no one knows if Canon is going to release 5D Mark II. If it does, no one knows when this camera will be released. Second, I'm not going to spend money on a 18 months old 5D body although the current package is very attractive (5D + 28-105mm L with 300 bucks Samy's gift card). Third, even Canon is releasing the 5D Mark II this year, I still have to spend money to get the battery grip (which probably will be the other 300 bucks).
The third option is getting the Canon EOS 1D Mark III, which is the latest model Canon just released in February and just start shipping now (It is very hard to find this body since it is out of stock everywhere. It is even harder to find than the Nintendo Wii). The current price is US$4495, which is 500 bucks cheap than 4 months ago. As I recall, this camera MSRP is US$3999. In other words, the vendors put 500 bucks markup on this baby. If I can wait for the other 6 months, for sure I can get the US$3999 deal.
Anyway, seems I will not buy anything after 6 months, let's see what Canon is offering in the October trade show.
(07/26/2007 Update: I just received my Mark III yesterday. It is an awesome machine!!!! Check out my Flickr page for testing shots.)