I am a relatively new hobbyist and am really enjoying myself!! I always had enjoyed taking photographs and finally stepped into the DSLR with the T3i over the summer. I took the official Canon Photography courses given through my local store and have learned tons, mostly by taking loads of pictures and applying what I learned. I told myself from the beginning that the best way to learn was to stay off P and Automatic as much as possible and use lots of Trial and error.
I started with the 18-135 kit lens but the real learning and creative fun started when I purchased the 50mm 1.4. I loved the lens but I found myself in a lot of situations where I really wished I had a shorter lens, so I purchased the 28mm 1.8, which I am getting used to now.
Now I am thinking about the next step in my hobby..... I have been saving some money for a little while and starting thinking about upgrading the body. I don't think I would get a lot selling the t3i so I would probably gift it to my sister. I love the way the 7D feels in my hands but not sure I need it, or when the replacement for the 7D is coming. I mostly shoot family pics with kids (portrait and action) landscape and a little bit of sporting events ( I really don't have the proper lens for this yet).
The kit lens has been my walk around lens for the most part when on vacation etc, but wouldn't mind upgrading this at some point either. So where do I spend the money....
Upgrade Body to 7D or...... (no additional lenses for now) OR
Stay with t3i for now and wait for the next update on the 7D AND
Upgrade Kit Lens from 18-135 to 24-105L and maybe get the ultra wide for the landscapes..
BTW: These boards have been a tremendous amount of help, I enjoy looking at everyones pics and learning from the pros!!