I have been riding most of my life and have always loved taking pictures. For the past few years, I have used an XTi with the 55-250 mm lens. I am looking into getting a new camera and need suggestions in both body and lens. I know the "best" lenses are going to be extremely pricey and definitely out of my price range. I am looking to spend under $1000 and am trying to decide if I should just get a new body for now and continue with the 55-250 until I can get something like a 70-200. So basically, my question is: What body should I get, and if any, what lens should I get. Suggestions for both close-up and zoom would be great. I know there are a few threads about this already, but I would like to know the best body/lens combo.
I mostly shoot outdoors, but occasionally we show at grounds with indoors. I have major trouble getting anything decent with my current model/lens when shooting indoors. I'm not an expert on the hardware, but I consider myself a decent photographer. I take both action shots (hunter/jumper) and some fun candid shots on the ground. Here are a few I have taken to get an idea: