For a few of us happy amateurs/enthusiasts we simply want good (if not the best affordable) gear. The journey of searching for the optimal body and lens combination is a part of the hobby I guess.
But to be honest regarding the photos and how we (or at least myself) are using them... Well, once the 350D was worn out, a new 600D would probably been enough and other money wiser spent on good glass...
I produce family albums and a few larger prints each year. That's it. I have had the 5D2 for 5 months and although the IQ is superior - my best shots are still from the 350D and kit-lens! Simply because imho it's the moment that counts and not the gear you brought... but know I know that the IQ, ISO-capabilities has given me better probablity of capturing moments when they appear (and if the gear is with me...)
However, for me as a hobby photographer (spending too much time on this site) I can not dismiss the fact that the actual gear I buy and use makes a difference, and I know by now that the difference is in my mind and not in the images I shoot.
I decided to go for the 5d2 (couldn't wait any longer for the 5D3) and promised myself that if and when the 5D3 would be released I would get that if I wanted. Now when it's out there, I am not so sure anymore (even though I have saved the monies for it).
And here comes the catch.
I have saved money for the 5D3. I have promised myself to buy it - but now I am hestitant. ONLY because I still feel I should have waited a few more months...
The same reasoning went behind the purchase of the 85/1.2L II or the Sigma 85/1.4.
I went for the Canon, knowing the Sigma would be more than sufficient for my needs. Now I have the Canon, I smile at it every time when I mount it (having been the Sigma I would always have thought of the Canon... and told myself... well, at least you saved xxx $)
Why do some (including me) buy shirts for 150$ when there are shirts for 30$ that would keep me warm and hide my upper body? The list of stupid-western-world-must-have items goes on...
Note! In areas where I consider myself a professional, or at least alot more than a hobby user, I never go for the new and expensive tools. In those cases I get what's good enough to get the job done. And this is how I think alot of people in this forum are reasoning. You are pros, and you will get the job done with the tools you find neccessary. Myself, well... I want to capture good images, sure. But in this hobby one factor has always been just knowing I have good gear (that I have read about the past 5 years on the internetz...).
Call me stupid, tell me I need a shrink
I am just being honest and hopefully I put some light on some feelings other fellow amateurs might share with me...
You ask for advice - and here it goes.
- Get the 5D3 and you will not regret it!
- Get the 5D2 and start practising a phrase to tell yourself, friends, other photo amateurs etc on how clever this purchase was every time that 5D3-regret pops into your mind.