Im new to the photography community "almost 2 yrs" and I am currently shooting with a Rebel T3i. I would like to upgrade to either get the new 7D MKII or just get the original 7D? I am no pro of any type. I just love to take pictures. I do quite a bit of landscape. I love street photography as well. Just your thoughts if I should get the MKII or just get the original 7D? Any feedback would be great. Thanks
Do not buy a 7D. Keep your T3i and save the money for a L lens with FL that suits your need.
I owned four 18MP Canon bodies : 7D, 60D,600D (T3i) and M respective in the past few years. I ended up sold my T3i, 60D and 7D and just keep the M for light travel. 7D may be the king of crop sensor dslr in those years. The only advantage of it is the sturdy built, speed and badge but it is really noisy comparing to the other 18mp Canon bodies.
Try installing Magic Lantern for use on your T3i and you will have lots of new features.
If you really want a replacement, wait a few months for the price of the 7D2 to come down a bit. If you live in Canada, you may consider to buy now - the promotion package includes a 24 70 F4 IS for only $399 extra.
70D is selling with MIR and the body is now only US$799 in the US. (About the same price of a well used 7D.)
If I were in your situation, I would consider 6D, which is FF and I guess the price will come down to 1.5K or lower during the Christmas sales.
Do not go after new models just because of a new badge. They may look nicer and come with more new features but do you really need them. I bought and sold and bought again and again the dated but very good 40D. It is sturdy with 6.5fps and IQ is good with reasonable and acceptable noise level at ISO800. I paid only Cad 165 for one last month with everything original in box plus 2 extra batteries and an intervalometer shutter remote. I used it in rain and snow(though it is not weather seal) when I want to keep my 5D3 in better shape and when focusing is difficult for M.
All in all, keep the T3i and upgrade to 6D when the price is right for you. Happy shooting