Thanks for that very informative post. I agree that the the 7D through CLP would be quite the deal. I used a 7D a couple weeks ago and was very impressed. I'm sure it would keep me happy for a long time to come.
Though the CLP, the 7D is ~$450 more than the 50D kit with the 28-135. The downside with going the 7D route is that I'll need to buy a lens right away too. So, we're talking $450 plus the cost of a good everyday lens. Is the jump from 50D to 7D worth that much?
I would personally say the jump is far worth the price difference. ISO performance alone will amaze you and the other vast features will be extremely drastic as well and icing on the cake. 50d is a great camera, don't get me wrong, but the 7d is just a massive leap forward IMO. Hence the big price difference. Seeing as you shoot a lot of family stuff I'm certain you will want the improved ISO response that will get you such cleaner images. Is it maybe a bit much..... possibly ....... but for me, I'm a little ocd so the features of the 7d are that important to me.
If you can get a hold of the 7d again. Run it through some paces, different types of light and so on and just leave ISO on auto and go to manual for shutter and f/. You see the ISO performance easily that way. Then just mess around with it a little more.... since I've had the chance to use it I just can't see myself with a different body. I'd love to have a 1d iv but yeah.... that's going to be a long way down the road.... lmao.
I also do a lot of portrait and other various shoots so this is also a business tool for me but I've also used a T2i for this business aspect for some time now... So it's not the body that I'm after just because of business, I also want it for my personally family photos as well... It just works. I have a very large and extended family and they like to perform for me.... and I eat it up!!!! I enjoy photography that much and the 7D will just allow me to enjoy it all the more.
Once I'm done recovering from my surgery in a couple months I will have a 7d on its way to me for myself. I just had major surgery on my left ankle and foot to repair damage from when I was active duty Navy. So I'm laid up like a mofo right now.... going a bit insane with being laid up too... Instead of ordering the camera now, seeing as I can't use it all that much until I can walk on both legs... I ordered myself a new 51" plasma 3Dtv and xbox 360, seeing as my 360 got fried the other day, it had a nice long run though, had it since launch of the 360...
oh, i'm getting side tracked again... my bad.