Hello, I am going to purchase my first dslr soon and I am contemplating between the 7d and 50d. I know when people see the words first "dslr" they think noob, but I am mainly an advanced videographer and have used high end dslrs before and I am looking to buy my own. In all honesty the 50d would suffice all my needs, but the video function on the 7d is really pushing me. I know that lenses are much better investments than bodies, as bodies do get outdated, but it's clear that the 7d has video and the 50d does not. Some will probably suggest the t1i but for video it's not comparable to that of the 7d or 5d mark II. I know the differences between the two photography wise, but even if the 60d comes out and does have video it will still cost 1400 dollars for the body anyway as all the xxd bodies usually do. I have used cheaper consumer dslrs and I really have to say that I hated the nikon d40(x) and rebel xt. So for those who recommend those bodies and high end lenses I really don't think I can let myself use them. In conclusion, for photography the 50d meets all of my needs (well except 7d's nice autofocus would help), but the 7d would 100 percent benefit me in my video work though.