5DMk2 + 24-105 kit canon
EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM II Lens canon
2x Extender mk3 canon
100 L macro canon
17-40 L canon
2x 16gb 400x sandisk cf
Looks like a great kit! But...what about a good tripod, and an external flash? Also, perhaps a CF card reader.
As Axilrod states, it's not necessary to buy all of the lenses at once...but OTOH, it looks like you've done your homework.
I choose the 24-105 for the IS over the 24-70
I think the 24-105mm is the more versatile of the two. Also, if you're going to get one, the time to do so is when you're buying a 5DII, when you only pay $800 for the lens.
I choose the 17-40 over the 16-35 after looking at tests (more interested in the short end)
This one puzzles me. The 16-35mm II is superior to the 17-40mm across the range, especially at the wide end (with the exception of more vignetting at 16mm f/2.8 ). The 17-40mm is pretty soft in the corners (in fact, photozone's corner resolution of the 17-40mm @ 17mm f/4 doesn't even make it onto the chart, i.e. it's below 'poor'). What tests make you think the 17-40 is better? (I'm assuming you're comparing the 16-35mm MkII
- the 17-40mm does edge out the older MkI version of the 16-35mm f/2.8.)
I can see picking the 17-40mm over the 16-35mm II for lots of reasons - in particular, cost and the fact that is uses 77mm filters so you could share with the 24-105mm and the 70-200/2.8 II. But I don't think optical quality is one of those reasons.
What do you think? It seems like alot of overlap on the 100mm range, but i cant see how i can get around that, as i need macro, and the 180macro is too long for me.
There will almost always be overlap if you have both zooms and primes. Heck, I've got 3 lenses covering 24mm, 35mm, and 85mm, and 4 lenses covering 100mm.
Only suggestion there, since you 'need macro,' is have you considered the MP-E 65mm? You already have 100mm f/2.8 covered, with great IS, for portraits and whatever. The 70-200 II with the 2x extender will deliver 0.4x magnification, so for closeups (vs. true macro) that does a decent job. OTOH, the MP-E 65mm is a very specialized lens with a long learning curve, requires either a good tripod and preferably a macro rail, or the MT-24EX Twin Lite, or both.
Good luck with your last-minute decisions!