Hi evreyone! After shooting with my Rebel T3i for the last 4 years, I've decided it's time to upgrade. I am especially doing this because I now have a job photographing food, products, events, people, and various buildings in the city I work for. I do freelance as well, specifically for head shots and family photos. I want to upgrade past the rebel (I don't have a strong preference for Crop Sensor or Full Frame, but I'm leaning towards Full Frame) so I can take my photos to the next level. I just have no idea of where to start. There are SO many cameras and so many of them have the EXACT same ratings as another! If you have any suggestions, I would appreciate the help very much! Sorry for the novel! Thanks!
If you want to stick with a crop sensor, then I would suggest the 80D or 7D Mark II. I would pick the 80D, for certain.
If you want to go full frame, then I would suggest the 6D or 6D Mark II, or the 5D Mark III or Mark IV. The choice here would be driven by your budget. Judging from your goals, the 5D Series is the best choice. But, the 6D Series may have the more familiar button layout.
Goodness, Upgrades are a dime a dozen. I wish that upgrades were such that didnt make a camera usless with some of the old "tried n true" softwarw. I love my "new" Canon M6 but it recordes things in CRZ format that Lightroom 5 dosent recgonise/ Whats the matter with RAW, just plain old RAW.??? Lightroom 5 handles all the stuff I shoot with my 7D and my 70D (both set to RAW mode, !!!! Can any one tell me if my M6 can be reprogrammed to shoot RAW as opposed to CRZ ? I HOPE, I HOPE, I HOPE!!!!!
" I'm leaning towards Full Frame so I can take my photos to the next level."
It is a big mistake to think FF will take your photos to the next level alone. One reason it could, however, is Canon doesn't put all the bestest goodies in the crop cameras. But FF in itself is not a big advantage. Look at the 1 series, top of the line, which remained crop sensor for most of its life. I still use one my 1D Mk IV, crop sensor, and I love it.
One thing to consider is build. With the use you seem to suggest in your post, the 7D Mk II or 5D Mk IV look like winners. I am not a fan of the 6D series but the 6D Mk II is pretty darn good without the build. It is the entry level FF Canon camera. These cameras, well not the 6 series so much, but the others have a real professional feel the moment you pick one up.
The 80D is also a nice choice and any or all you current lenses will work on it. If you choose any of the FF cameras, 6 series or 5 series or 1 series, none of your ef-s lenses will work. Of if you did want to stay Rebel the T7i is pretty darn good, too.
7D Mk II,
80D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens about $1700 with 7D2 about $2100+.
5D Mk IV,
6D Mk II with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens $2800 with 5D Mk IV about $3500+.
My choice? 5D Mk IV with EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens. Yeah, I know, its a lot of coin but this is an absolutely a fantastic combo. Right now it don't get any better than that.
Bottom line any of these camera combo's will take excellent photos ,so you do really have to make a decision.
You have only referred to your camera body. Can you let us know what lenses you are currently using? For me, unless you already have invested in good glass, the most critical thing would be to consider the lenses.