My pet rave is getting sales baloney from any source based on the ignorance of the sales person and lack of training. One can get more knowledge and training on this forum in a day or two than is often available at the point of sale. I owe the contributing members on this forum so much coffee I shall soon have to buy steaks instead of coffee.
For instance I am or have been in contact with two different well known photography seminar producers. Both knew exactly what equipment I had. Neither came up front and straight at the problem by telling me I should upgrade bodies first, get some practice in and then consider professional association if I felt the need. Within the same time period slightly more or less I was given correct factual opinion here with no intent other than to have me understand my situation. In my case this forums straw vote opinion appears to be a bloody fact. LOL
It now appears that I am somewhere between $500.00 and $1500.00 to up grade my body. As you can see or surmise correctly the question from the git go was.....why does this dude not have a body of quality equal to his lens set up. No doubt that would have bought a degree of loyalty rather than a state of doubt in my mind.
My greatest gain for my being here has been that I know where I am and where I can plan to go after I am equipped to enable the trip. I humbly thank all contributors to this forum for their time and expertise.