...I have learned that the limiting factor is me, not the camera sensor...
So true. So easy to get caught up in the "Bigger is Better," "Newer is Better," "More Expensive is Better" mindset. Especially when you take part in a forum where there is always someone who has a bigger, newer, more expensive toy.
We throw numbers around here like they mean nothing and tend to forget that for most people, spending $1,000 on a camera is one huge investment, not to mention $2,000 to $3,500.
So true. Thanks for that reminder.
In my opinion the quality of an picture ist depending on an dynamic interaction between the camera and the photographer. Most times the photographer ist the limiting factor, sometimes the hardware you use. The ratio between is dynamically variying from situation to situation.
Sure, if you spend 10.000 € in your hardware, the probability to get an sharp, colourful and well exposed picture is higher than with an 700€ equipment.
But the real "photographical glance (German: Fotographischer Blick)" is something you have to learn sometimes very hard. And some of us will never get the feeling how to get an extraordinary photo. And some of us are aritically more inventive then others.
Some of you are posting great shots, where I say "wow". I often wonder, how and where you took the shot. Tipps to train getting better pictures are often missing.
I own many books, but only some of them are really teaching how to become a little bit better in photography. Most of my books show superb shots, but do not tell you how they got it. Or they use equipment, you will never own. (I just read an book on studio photography. Very interresting. But the writer uses an extraordinary expensive lightning system.)
So, it would be great, to learn from your experience.
But to answer the question:
I would buy an 60D too. the price/performance ratio is very good.
If your budget is limited, you can buy Canon EF-S 4-5,6 17-85 IS (~500€) and the Tamron 4-5,6 70-300 DI VC USD SP (~350€). A polarisation filter should not be missing.
A friend of mine, who is working in an crisis region, uses this equipment as it could be that he has to leave the region without his equipment. He is satisfied. The 60D and these two lenses are working good togeather. We checked it in an german photographic magazine.