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I'm finally making enough money to support my photography hobby. I'm waiting for the new iMac's to launch, to buy one of those. But in the mean time I'm searching for a new camera. In terms of pricing, I can give or take a few thousand(for camera+accessories).

I'm looking for a camera that is PHENOMENAL in low light situations.
I'm also looking to record fast pace action(sports).
Spectacular still images, and breath taking video(1080, 30fps).
Decent sound, doesn't have to be surround sound quality.
As easy as possible.
I want as few lenses as possible, but would like all my bases covered.
Weatherproof and durability. Not NECESSARY. But preferred.

I know I'll need accessories to make this all work(for example, mic and lenses). I know it's not going to be an easy to use point and shoot camera. It'll be something I need to adjust to, and I can live with that. But if there is something simpler than most others, I'd prefer it. I don't care for brands. I know very minimal things about DSLRs with my experience with my T3i(selling it to a friends, and upgrading myself). I only had a few months to use my camera, and haven't really had the chance to learn since I used to be VERY busy, but within this last week I'm finally getting the chance to start again. So in terms of caps, covers, bags, lenses, camera itself, tripods, etc, etc. And like I said, money isn't as tight, so a few thousand dollars is around what I'm looking to spend. I'm selling my current computer for a few thousand, and my current camera and lenses for almost a thousand. And I have money I can add as well.
    
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You've already got a T3i, so unless you wanna go whole-hog and upgrade to the 5D Mark II, I wouldn't worry about your body. The T2i/T3i/60D/7D all have the same sensor and thus all appear roughly the same at high ISO, which is actually very good considering how dense the sensor is. Instead, I'd put the money towards better glass.

For sports, it's hard to beat the 70-200 f/2.8 IS. Fast, great AF and IS performance, sharp, and very versatile with teleconverters.
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since you are selling everything, and looking for low noise high iso and shooting fast action.

nikon d800 (or d4), 24-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8 vr2 and if u need a wide a 14-24/2.8.
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Honestly, the only Canon camera that will cover all those needs is the 1D MK IV (or 1DX when it comes out). If you want to shoot sports, I'd toss out the 5D MK II as its tracking isn't good. If you want the best low light performance, that gets rid of the 7D, since it will be no better than your T3i.

Of course, since you're not a pro, and you even admit you have very little experience with DSLRs, I'd just hold onto the T3i and get some better lenses, such as the 70-200 that was mentioned. No need to blow thousands of dollars on upgrading when you have so little experience.
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Oh you don't know much? I recommend a T2i.
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Honestly, the only Canon camera that will cover all those needs is the 1D MK IV (or 1DX when it comes out). If you want to shoot sports, I'd toss out the 5D MK II as its tracking isn't good. If you want the best low light performance, that gets rid of the 7D, since it will be no better than your T3i.
Of course, since you're not a pro, and you even admit you have very little experience with DSLRs, I'd just hold onto the T3i and get some better lenses, such as the 70-200 that was mentioned. No need to blow thousands of dollars on upgrading when you have so little experience.

best said right there. unless you want to go nikon like mz said.

i would not suggest seeling your camera either. the best bet you can go is sticking with the t3i and upgrading your glass. if you go 7D the only improvement you will see is better AF tracking and tons of more settings that you can change and faster fps. the IQ will still be the same at high ISO and i can personally tell you that 7D at anything higher than ISO 4000 is very ugly. you will get the shot but it not going to be pretty. even though you say you have a couple grand to spend i doubt you will have the money to go with a mkIV or 1DX and fast glass for sports.

and honestly im not sure your definition of breathtaking video is the same as mine but if you are dead serious with the breathtaking part and want your video to be good enough to project on a silver screen then you will probably want the best glass possible which means AT LEAST nice L-series lenses but the recommendation would be true cine lenses which you cant afford. so most likely you might be looking pretty good if you buy a 24-70 maybe and a 70-200 unless you need the really wide then go 16-35 + 70-200 and keep your 50 1.8. assuming you want zoom lenses since you said you are shooting sports. i doubt you are shooting professional field sports and have no need for either a 300 2.8 or a 400 2.8 which both are very expensive new

so yea with the exception of selling it all and going nikon. keep your camera like most have said and just upgrade your glass. you wont regret it as much wink.gif

and even with what dude said. you would also be just fine with a t2i as well lol
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I'm considering keeping the T3i, and buying a few L lenses. And await for the EOS-1D X to release for purchase.

But will the lenses be compatible? I would assume so, but I saw somewhere that some lenses do get more specific to certain Canon cameras.
    
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EFS lenses will not mount to the FF Canon (EF) mount.

L series however will mount to both your current, and 1Dx.

You're pretty noob, sure you wanna spend like $8000 on a camera body?

1Dx is the Canon flagship camera. Anyway, you'd be a fool to invest big money in a body without at least waiting for the following to release - D800/5DMkII/7DMkII.

I'm sure those releases will smash prices around a bit.
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EFS lenses will not mount to the FF Canon (EF) mount.
L series however will mount to both your current, and 1Dx.
You're pretty noob, sure you wanna spend like $8000 on a camera body?
1Dx is the Canon flagship camera. Anyway, you'd be a fool to invest big money in a body without at least waiting for the following to release - D800/5DMkII/7DMkII.
I'm sure those releases will smash prices around a bit.

Absolutely. I would like to learn on the camera I plan on using for years and years to come. Like I said before, when I was originally getting into it for the first time, I was fooled by my employer thinking I would have more time. But now with my new job, I have the time, and even more so, the money. And for the entire year of 2012, I would like to spend it with photography.

Also, I just looked at the 800D, and for the price I'm a bit impressed. Like I said, I'm not particular to a brand. And when I said weather proof, I wasn't planning on sinking it in weather or anything. It would be cool though to use it in the rain or snow.
    
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Fair enough dude fair enough. Hell, I'd buy the 1Dx tomorrow if I could afford it.

I'd hang on for a few more months though. Its not like you have big money invested in Canon glass at this point.

If it was me, I'd be waiting for new body releases...

Imagine, the 5DMkII FF body and newer sensor paired up with the wicked cool AF system of the 7D? Cool as man. I'd wait for that bad boy (and I imagine it would be like half the price of the 1Dx) But thats just me smile.gif
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