I have not been around in for EVA.. sorry! I've got one more week of school before my year long maternity break (taking classes at a local university.. ya, I'm a little crazy being 6 months pregnant with my 5thand going back to college! ) and have just been so swamped I haven't had time to sit and read/post anything in a while. I am going to be upgrading from my Rebel xti in the next 2-3 weeks and I thought I knew what I wanted but I've been reading a LOT of reviews and am really confused now! Planning on spending about $1700-2000 so my choices are to either go for the Canon 7D, just the body and use my current lens's which aren't anything special (best one I use the most is the 50mm f/1.8).. I'm reading that if you use a "cheaper" lens like what I have on the 7D that focus and image quality is not that fantastic. OR.. I could get the 50D and then something like the 24-70mm f/2.8L USM. Which would be a better combination to upgrade to for those of you who have experience with any of these things? I'm up for suggestions. I just want to do what is the best option since I'm investing so much money, ya know. My thoughts are if the 50D + really good lens (and I'm totally open to lens suggestions too!) will up my game enough I can start making some money that maybe in a few years I can upgrade camera body, but want something I can grow with for a few years and not grow out of quickly (like a rebel series). I'm pretty passionate about photography and have been taking photography classes at the university and am considering changing my major to fine arts/photography.. so want something as professional grade as possible for the money that I won't outgrow for at least a year or two. I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on the basics of photography and feel like my images are lacking "something" that I just can't get with the equipment I have and I'm so ready to take it to the next level, this is what I want to do.