In that price bracket, I'd rather a Canon EOS 60D (or rather, 50D with its superior build and viewfinder) and a Zeiss 35mm f/2 T* Distagon than a 7D with a kit lens. Or, Canon 60D with a Carl Zeiss Jenna 35mm f/2.4 Flektogon MC and an M42 mount converting ring, plus a Canon 50mm f/1.8, a Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6, and a Canon 100mm f/2. I'd have to buy the CZJ Flektogon used, may be able to pick up the 50mm f/1.8 and even Canon 100mm f/2 used as well for a good bargain. The Sigma I'd buy new, because their quality control can be terrible and it's always a guess whether you'll get a good copy. But I'm a slow, methodical photographer and don't need the performance that the 7D offers. If you're shooting fast subjects, you may find the 7D better. If it rains, put it in a garbage bag (or $20 camera rain sleeve if you wanna be fancy) and keep shooting.