At the time I got this combo, I was a pixel peeper on a budget, so the lens was magical to me then, best I could buy, and I thought bigger was better anyway. The fool has fallen, because over the years as my time has been sucked by life and my photography enthusiasm has waned from evangelist to 'quite enjoyable', I hardly ever pick this camera up anymore: it's so BULKY and so heavy, and I have to face I'm a hobbyist only (though I do make paltry sums from stock). And living in Europe with light-packing weekend trips away, it just really doesn't fit my usual mode of travel.
My questions are:
- do I keep the 7D and search for a lens of same or (preferably) better quality, with a similar zoom range and min aperture, only much smaller (should such a one exist)? (pros: I know the camera well by now and have invested in compact flash cards; cons: showing its age, particularly in resolution, and it's big even without lens)
- do I buy a lighter, newer APS-C camera, maybe mirrorless to cut down on weight (but I'd want a viewfinder), like the Fujifilm X-T3 or Canon M6 Mk II, and get a lens that satisfies the same criteria above?
- do I buy a compact camera like the G7 X Mk III and stop trying to take photography seriously? (not my favourite option, but better than my phone, which is what I use now because I never take my giant swinging appendage out with me anymore...)