I'm currently using an XTI which I've had for about 4.5yrs now. Just started shooting manually a few months ago and currently half way thru a 6 week local beginning dslr course.
I'd been eying the 60d since xmas time and new lenses. I currenlty have the kit lens, a quantarary 70-300 that came free with my camera purchase ( I realized it's not a good lens) and a 50mm 1.4. I eventually want to get a new lens to replace my kit.
I was thinking the 60d would fit my needs. My instructor has the 7d, and I now have camera envy.... he had it with him with the grip, 24-105 and external flash all attached...WOW was that HUGE. He was telling me about a previous student of his who got the 60d bundle at bj's, told him I had been eyeing that and he said I should go with the 7d. I'm concerned it might be too much camera for me, he said no. And I'm also concerned it may be too big in my hands. I won't be needing a grip I'm sure. Ran out of time to discuss it further with him.
I shoot my 4 kids (age range 18mos to age 10 all boys). Currently only the 8 yr old plays sports (soccer, baseball). I like to shoot alittle nature and would use it for travel (ie we do Disney everyother year, beach). I'm a female, and concerned that it may get alittle heavy either in my bag or in my hands, around my neck. I'm coming from an XTI and is seems so small to me now that I'm learning. I ordered a new bag (kelly moore b-hobo) so I can carry my camera with me often. Also on my XTI I've come to realized that I don't like the placement of the f stop buttons on my XTI, I just find it alittle cumbersome now that I'm adjusting my settings more.
also, when I do upgrade my kit lens, I realized the other day when I saw the 24-105 mounted on my photo class instructor's 7d that it would topple over the now seemingly tiny XTI! lol
I want to grow with my photography and not looking to upgrade again after this for at least another 5 yrs. If I get the 60d will I be wishing I had the 7d? It's the price and possiblity that it may be too big that is scaring me away.
thanks in advance!