Get the lens now. Wait and save for a while and then get your very understanding and patient wife the 1DX "she's always wanted".
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I forgot to mention i do have the 50mm 1.8 canon but i feel it is a odd length for me i feel like its too long. I am borrowing this lens (the 17-40) basically until i buy the next lens. I am on a limited budget i basically have enough for one lens. I have about $1350 at the moment
Here is a nice short review of hands on with a pre-production SL1.'twould be a good astrophotography camera if modified. I have eyepieces that weigh more. The shorty forty looks BIG on the SL1!
....This is a bit like complaining that the Toyota Yaris 2013 is pretty much identical to the Toyota Yaris 2012; cars get yearly release, even though significant changes are only made every now and then.And for a lot of folks, that Yaris is just fine, does what they need. There are appropriately priced high-end models available for those that want them. The car-camera analogy is exactly what I've been thinking.
I feel the 5d MK III would hold it value longer that the 6d.