No longer a newbie, moving up!
- Apr 30, 2019
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If I were you, I will look into getting better lenses to start with. As mentioned, a faster lens (wider max aperture) allow more light to the camera which help focusing in low light situation. On top of that, if you do not have a external flash yet, you may also consider getting one. Some of the external flash has focus assist beam which help camera focus in low light.
Personally, lenses upgrade had more impact on my photos than camera upgrade and lens investment last longer. The Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens I bought used 10 years ago to replace the stock Canon standard zoom lens still works and products great image. It is still my go to lens with my 7D mk1 today. My 85mm f/1.8 lens still a great lens after all those years. I still like the creamy looking out of focus blur background it produces. (Same with the 70-200 f/4 I have). The recent gem I got is the Sigma 24-35 f/2 lens.
When I bought my body-only 77D I also bought the 24mm f/2.8, and it was better-enough at 24mm than my 18-55mm IS II that I tracked-down a used 17-55mm f/2.8. As a consequence the 24mm doesn't get a whole lot of use anymore (though I find it convenient when I don't want people to get their backs up when I'm taking pictures) but either way, going from ~f/4 to f/2.8 made a big difference in low light for a human subject. I've also enjoyed using the 50mm f/1.8 in the right situations, either low-light or to get that shallow depth-of-field.
Back before Christmas, one of my local pawn shops had one of those Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lenses for $100. The 50mm f/1.8 is also new only a tad more than that, and used can be had much less expensively. When I bought mine from that same pawn shop it was forty bucks with both caps and a rubber hood. It very well might be worth buying a cheap fast lens to try out first, before spending much more money on a new camera. The 50mm f/1.8 or a 40mm f/2.8 might both be good choices, as they're useful on both APS-C and full frame cameras, so even if the desire to upgrade remains, neither preclude any of the listed Canon options.
As far as speed to get a shot goes, for me it seems best if I set my camera to one-shot autofocus, with a single autofocus point, that point chosen based on what part of the subject I wish to focus on. When I shoot this way I usually pick a focus point near the top, centered or slightly off-center, such that the subject's face will end up at that point, and so I avoid accidentally focusing on something in the foreground. Obviously this doesn't work in all situations, and there are plenty of times when I let the camera figure it out, but if I'm trying to get a picture of my kid as she's running along, this seems to work best.