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I do something similar: I bought a Nikon-branded camera bag.
If you're not stuck on CANON, there are a lot of other excellent imaging machines out there, worth considering.
Nikon D5300 w 18-140mm if you can afford it, fast, good video, no touch screen tho but does have articulating display.
Nikon D5200 - on price reduction or kitted with extra lenses.
Nikon D5100 if you can still find them- low cost, great images
Pentax K-30 or K-50 with 18-135mm WR lens - tough and weather/spill resistant
Fast focusing mirrorless cameras:
Fuji X-A1 or X-M1 w 16-50mm lens fits in your budget, great image quality, good features, interchangeable lens
Fuji X-E1 with 18-55mm lens, taking it up a notch
Olympus Pen E-P5 with 14-42 lens or one of the many other good micro 4/3rds camera systems
All the above cameras compete well, if not exceed in some cases, any APS-C Canon body out there.
BOB N has now presented the figures for 70D regarding read out noise, DR etc
here we can se 70d in comparison with one Toshiba and one Sony made sensor
The read out noise is 4,35 times higher , compare this to 5dmk3 vs d800 there 5dmk3 has 12,2 times higher read out noise.