Yes, another upgrade question. My xti is well loved and needs to be upgraded. I have debated back and forth about switching to a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 and Sony RX100 iii combo or keeping my L lenses and upgrading. I would also add an 85L to my stash.
I travel on cruises to Alaska fairly often and I'm a whale watcher. If/when I upgrade my Canon, I will also upgrade to a longer lens, too. The 70-200 isn't quite long enough for those shots I'd like to get, even from a small 6 person boat. I also take photos of my 9 year old often, particularly during soccer, at the beach, the pumpkin patch, and for portraits. I've also shot at dog agility trials, mostly outdoors, and once in a while an indoor dog show. I prefer natural light and I honestly can't remember the last time I took out my flash. I'm also our family's wedding photographer (even when a photographer is hired).
The Sony will likely end up as part of my stash, simply to have a small point and shoot that will live in my purse for those unexpected moments I may need a camera and for places like amusement parks where I don't want to lug around a large camera. The Panasonic was a possibility, because it would provide an easy travel camera without the need to carry so much gear with a decent zoom and video capability. And then I think about the quality of photos and go back to Canon.
So, I've considered the 7D, but know it's not a portrait lens. The 5DIII is out of my budget range for now and the size of it really is too big for my hands. I'm certainly not a professional photographer, but I have had worked published in magazines on occasion. I do not blow up images larger than 8x10. Most of my images are for print. I do share my images online, too.
No small order here! I would appreciate your thoughts! Thank you.