Canon has started to kit the 5D Mark III with the recent EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens. Previously, the 5D Mark III was available as a body only or in a kit with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens.
Earlier this year, Canon dropped the price of the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM from $1499 to $1299 for a while. Now, the retail price is back up to $1499; however, it has a $300 rebate available to bring it down to $1199 net price.
I questioned whether that was too much for the lens considering the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens remains available for less. I think the similar specs and focal length advantage of the 24-105mm makes it hard to justify the price premium on the newer 24-70mm option.
To that point, the 5D Mark III with the 24-70mm lens retails for $4299, while the 5D Mark III kit with the 24-105mm lens retails for $3999. Everything I’ve read about the new 24-70mm lens (I haven’t used it) is that it is sharper (the MTF charts show as much) and the IS seems to be better. It’s also a little lighter – 600g vs. 670g.
So, to you guys, what do you think about choosing between these two kits? Would you go with the 24-70mm kit or the 24-105mm kit option? Why?