Stay with APS-C or go for full frame?

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Stay with APS-C or go for full frame?
9 months ago

I've been shooting mostly birds for 5 or 6 years, started with Rebel XT, then T2i.  I was/am now considering the 7D (or successor if it comes out), but recently I've been shooting more macro, more street-type shots that include folks, shots that (try to) tell a story (vs. a hummer on a flower), trying my hand at some equestrian events, etc., and was wondering if I should consider a full frame camera.

1. Is there an obvious difference in the quality of full frame vs. APS-C photos?

2.  Are full frames just as good (or better?) than APS-C for wildlife/birds?  Will the extra focal length lost from going to full frame be made up by quality?

3. Is there some "rule" that more birders use APS-C for the extra lens length, while other genres (folks, urban) generally use full frame?

4.  How much heavier is a full frame from the 7D?

5. Since I'm not a professional, should I even consider a full frame?  If so, which one?  It would have to be used, as I can't pay $4,000 for a camera.

Thanks

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Canon EOS 550D Canon EOS 6D Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Sigma 50mm F2.8 EX DG Macro Sigma 1.4x EX DG Tele Converter +3 more
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