I understand this is a Canon Forum but please try to be unbiased.
I am just starting off and looking to take still photography only, video is not part of the equation. At this point I'm interested in taking street level and portrait photography sometime in low-light without a flash.
I have spent 50+ hours reviewing the Canon 5D3 and Nikon D800 but just cant seem to make up my mind. If you were able to start over and were comparing the two cameras what system would you prefer and why? My budget is around 5k including lenses.
Here are the two options I've been considering...
1) Canon 5D3 and Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
2) Nikon D800 and Nikon Nikon 24-70mm 2.8G ED AF-S
Thanks in advance,
If you have 5K to spend, you shouldn't blow it all on a one lens set up. Perhaps start with one lens, and keep some cash on the sideline to pick up another lens based on how things go to begin with. If you're taking portraits, you will probably want to get a decent flash unit sooner or later (probably sooner).
I don't think you can go wrong with either brand, but as far as lenses are concerned, I'd check out a number of options before putting a lot of money into it. One that you can't go wrong with is the 50mm f/1.4 (or f/1.8 if you're really cheap). Others to consider are the 35L, the 135L, the Sigma 85mm, the 24-70MkI. The 70-200mm lenses are all highly regarded but very conspicuous, so the 135L (for example) might be more suitable for what you're doing.
I wouldn't recommend the 24-70mm mkII AND the 5DIII on your budget because it won't leave enough room in your budget to get anything else.