This is my first post, although I've been lurking on this forum for quite a while now. I've been planning to buy my first DSLR for a few months now, initially I was waiting for the 650D or 70D to be released, but with the release of the 5D3 and the drop in price of the 5D2 I'm thinking that there may be another option for my first purchase.
I travel a lot so I plan to shoot a lot of travel pictures, plus some landscapes and portraits. I don't plan to do any kind of sports or kids pictures, so capturing fast action is not a priority for me.
I can afford to put quite a lot of money in this, so I'd rather buy equipment that I can grow into rather than buying something cheap now and then figuring I need something better one year from now and losing money on the resale. I don't want to waste money either by buying something that I'll never exploit to its full potential.
My first option would be to get the 60D, or its successor (either the 650D or the 70D depending on how Canon positions them in the range). I'd get the body only, and buy the 17-55 f/2.8 to go with it. I live in Hong Kong, and the current price for those would be around 2000 US$. Later on I'd probably get the 10-22 for panoramas, plus maybe a 70-200L if I feel the need for it (probably the f/4,not sure about IS or not).
The new option I've been thinking about would be getting the 5D2 kit, which has dropped a lot in price recently, and can be found for 2700$. 700$ extra is no small amount, but I figure it's a small price to pay for the increased IQ and this way I don't have to go through the process of building up a crop lens collection to potentially have to sell it all down the line if I go full frame later on. My understanding is that the build quality of the 24-105 f/4L is much better than the 17-55, and that the increased low light ability of the 5D2 would more than make up for the lost stop, and that similarly i'd get as narrow a depth of field with f/4 on FF than with f/2.8 on a crop. The weather sealing would be a big plus in Hong Kong as well. With regards to the other lenses, the 17-40 f/4L can be found for the same price as the 10-22, and I'd get the same 70-200L than for the crop if I need it (provided I can live with the reduced range on a FF).
The only downsides I've found for the 5D2 compared to the 60D are the focus system (although I've read that the center point is excellent, so it should cope with my non-fast action photography), the reduced fps (similarly not a big deal for me) and the extra bulk (could be an issue with the traveling).
I am now asking myself a few questions. First of all, even though I can afford it, would I be way over my head by investing 2700$ for my first DSLR? I've been assuming all along that it wouldn't make much sense to just go with the 60D kit lens as I'd probably quickly need something better, but reading lens reviews it is easy to convince myself that I need more and more. I'm also wondering how future proof getting the 5D2 would be: if Canon was to come up with an entry level FF later on, could it be more suited for my needs than the 5D2 is? Basically I'm not sure how Canon could come up with something better than the 5D2 yet inferior to the 5D3 for a price similar to the 5D2... I'm also wondering about the upcoming 650D and 70D, and how the balance may tilt in their direction if they prove to be much better than the 60D.
Thanks in advance for your advice, and for bringing up anything I have not thought of.