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Will you splurge on the Canon 5D Mark III? (poll)

The Canon 5D Mark III will finally ship this month, but it costs a whopping $3,500. Will you take the plunge or look for an alternative? Take our poll.

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The Canon 5D Mark III made its glorious debut yesterday, sending many a photographer's heart aflutter.

With such improvements as a new 22.3-megapixel sensor, enhanced video capabilities, faster continuous shooting, and a better viewfinder (to name just a few features), we're sure many of you are fantasizing about picking up the full-frame dSLR when it starts shipping in a few weeks. Its steep $3,500 price tag, however, just might snap you back to reality.

Given that the camera calls for such a large chunk of change, it should come as no surprise that there's renewed buzz around the 5D Mark III's predecessor. As CNET digital-imaging Senior Editor Lori Grunin rightly points out, though the 5D Mark III is obviously a big deal, Canon's plan to drop the price of the 5D Mark II is news in and of itself.

There are already numerous forum postings on camera enthusiast sites such as from those looking to score a deal on the 3-year-old camera.

Canon has yet to make an official announcement, and the company did not respond to our request for comment as of press time. Several sites are reporting that we could hear some news on March 4, but they're also quick to note that you shouldn't expect a massive discount.

Originally priced at $2,700, the 5D Mark II is currently going for around $2,400, but has gone as low as $2,000 over the years. Even at $2,000, it's still no drop in the bucket, but a little more feasible than $3,500.

So tell us, shutterbugs, do you plan on buying the Canon 5D Mark III or looking for an alternative? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comment section below.