and on that subject
In the end I came to the following decision, from park I have a 7D + 15-85 kit coming along with a free battery and sandisk ext3 8gb card.
The lens was the hardest part in the end to decide about. I saw some good examples from the 15-85 and felt confident that for the time being that would be a good lens for me for most uses on the 7D. I sold my other ef-s lenses except the ef-s18-200is. Plan now is to keep the 15-85, sell the 18-200 and get a 70-200 f2.8 (IS if I can afford it, but definately the 2.8 as I see so many posts from people selling the F4 version to upgrade to the 2.8!), then when funds allow I will get a 17-40 or 16-35 if I can justify, then a 24-105 or 24-70 and a FF body at some point, perhaps a second hand 5D or mk2 depending on what they go for at the time
and hang on to the 7D.
overall I think the crop 7D suits what I like to shoot most of the time, but having a FF body for landscape and portrait stuff would be nice, hence why a 5D mk1 would do that job nicely.
I thought about the 1D path second hand perhaps, but really I dont fancy not having the option to make it smaller, ie remove the battery grip...
Now I have to wait, for the transfer to clear, then maybe 5 days for the courier ho hum..... its at times like this I miss living in the UK, oh the joy of fondling your new toy at the counter, paying the man the money and walking out bags in hand and grin ready to splitt your face