1Tanker wrote in post #16525464
I hate to burst your bubble, but these things can happen to "expensive/pro" cameras, as well as Rebels.
They all contain electronics, and electronics can do freaky things for no (observable) reason.
I wasn't listing it as a reason to upgrade. I am listing it as the only issue I have had with the Rebel.
My reasons to upgrade have more to do with the fact that I want full frame, weather sealing, video, dual card slots, better low light performance, better build quality, better body size for my fingers, and I have always wanted a 5D Mark II or Mark III since I started with digital photography.
I have done photography as a hobby for 12 years starting with 35mm and doing my own darkroom stuff in high school. That is what got me started and gave me a real appreciation for light. I miss doing my own dark room stuff and may return to it later down the road but honestly it is such a hassle compared to just popping a memory card into a reader.
I have always been pretty quiet with my photography due to 99% of it being fine arts related. I even majored in it at an art school for a few years which is why I purchased the XSi in the first place. They wouldn't let me use film haha. Once it started to get out a bit in my area and more people saw my work I started getting contacted a lot to do portraits and even had local photographers hitting me up to do weddings with them which I have avoided like the plague. I also like to do sport photography which isn't really a strong suit with this camera. Sure it works but it could be so much easier.
I guess all this made me realize that I could upgrade, take care of everything I need to get my business rolling, and actually make money with this. For that reason I am not opposed to dropping some money into it considering it will make my job easier in the long run and give me a lot more peace of mind.
I am not saying the XSi is a bad camera. It isn't. I am not saying a good photographer can't take great pictures with a Rebel at all. If you are imaginative enough you can do anything. The right tool for the job makes the job a LOT easier, though.
I am just in a position that I can invest enough money into this to actually get my business going so why not go all out? Well not ALL out... I don't want a 1Dx yet.
Lbsimon wrote in post #16525497
Half of your car is made of plastic. Most of the cameras are made of plastic. They live and work for years. And even a Rolls Royce can break down, not only a Chevy.
My Glock is half plastic, too. I trust it with my life but I don't want to hold it constantly for hours on end. If the XSi had better weather sealing and had a bit more bulk to it I wouldn't mind it as much in that regard. Still need to upgrade, though.