I hope you will be able to help me out.
I've had a Nikon D70 for 5 years (my first "serious" camera) and it's been a great workhorse but I want to upgrade to an FX camera due to better lenses and improved ergonomics as I want to push myself further into photography and see how good can I get.
I've been trawling through tons of data and read a lot in the past months on this site (thanks for all your tips) as well as managed to save myself enough money throughout the years to enable me this upgrade (also had to convince wife also which was probably the hardest part of all;-)).
I currently have a very limited gear :
D70 + 17-70 DX kit lens
+ good tripod, Nikon flash,...
So my initial idea was to get a D700 (prob second hand) with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 AFS which would hit my budget to the max. The reason why I want the 24-70 is the flexibility to shoot pics on a wide range of stuff until I save enough for other FX lenses to complement like a wide lens or a telezoom.
My questions are this :
1. I've been hearing a lot about the possible launch of the D700s this year.
Would it be better for me to put on hold buying the D700 for now and use the 24-70 lens on my D70 in the meantime or will the weight of the lens be too much for me to handle with my "small" D70? (I know the crop factor of an FX lens on a DX and I'm fine with that for a while).
2. Also, while I do want the Nikon lens, it is very expensive. Instead, is there any really good value for money on Sigma/Tonica equivalent lens out there that could be more affordable in order for me to get 2 sets of lens instead of 1.
My ideal situation actually would be to have a wide angle and a mid range lens. Any good recommendations.
3. On Ebay, I have seen vendors (i.e King trade)that supply brand new bodies from HK which are cheaper (without VAT or duty of course). The customer service seems impeccable however I want to know if any one has actually been through that before and if so is it recommended?
Thank you for your help on these 3 questions! It's really much appreciated.