Hi guys I am new to this forum and wanting to pick up photography as a hobby. I have googled and read around the internet for information and i have decided to take the plunge into getting a DSLR. However I am having trouble making a decision. I am intending to take this up pretty seriously (not wanting this to become a profession or anything) but I am kinda conflicted in either getting a full frame DSLR or an APS-C one. I know it would be imprudent to take a plunge and get a full frame DSLR as i may lose interest and besides having a good body without any good lenses defeats the purpose.
I currently leaning on getting a brand new canon 700D, however i have no idea if it would be better to just get the camera body itself and get the EF 17-40 F4 L USM at a cheaper price (with the ongoing promotion) or to get the EOS 700D Kit II ( the one with the EF S18-135 IS STM ). I am intending to take landscapes, architecture and just general (with the intention to possibly go into macro and wildlife in the future) photos when i travel overseas at the end of the year. I am aware though that the EF 17-40 F4 L USM effective focal length will be around 27-64mm instead with a APS-C sensor. I guess many of you might suggest i get a second hand camera at the start to see if my interest remains however its just my personal preference to not liking to buy things second hand as they might be damaged, etc. and with me not being knowledgable about this hobby i feel risky.
Thus it boils down to either me getting 1) the 700D body alone and the ef 17-40 f4L or 2) the 700D kit with the 18-135 IS STM or 3) getting the 700D kit and the 17-40 f4L together. Factoring in the type of photos i will be taking which would be a better option? ( Im open to alternatives to these 3 options )
Thank you guys for your advice and help in advance I apologize for such a long post and if i violated any forum rules in advance haha