I have been keeping a close eye on Nikon Rumors for 6 months or more now and to be honest its becoming a bit of an obsession. I found myself grabbing my iPad first thing in the morning when I wakeup to check if the D800 has been announced yet and then again several times throughout the day. Weird how you can become addicted to this sort of thing. Mind you it was the same with the iPhone and iPad. A bit sad really and so I thought it was about time I got a camera and a life.
I have only ever owned two cameras, my first was a Minolta XG1 that I got for my 16th birthday and absolutely loved. When it was stolen a few years later I never replaced it as at that age I had discovered some new vices to spend my hard earned money on. About 3-4 years ago I decided to enter the new digital age and try my hand at photography again and bought a Nikon D40x. I have had great fun with this and now my financial position is a little better than it has been for a while thought I would upgrade to a more serious camera. I have also purchased some studio lights and backdrops etc and decided to move on to FX.
This is when I started doing some research and came across this Nikon Rumors site. In some ways it would have been better if I never had and just went out and bought a new camera. But I got caught up in this whirlwind of possible new releases and what a drama it has been. Disasters of biblical proportions with earthquakes and flooding etc. But I cant wait any longer so this is what I thought I would purchase and am keen to get some feedback.
AFS 50mm F1.4G
AFS 28-300mm F3.5-5.56G ED VR
AFS 16-35mm F4 ED VR
I am keen to explore all aspects of photography including studio, architecture, landscape but more than likely portrait most of all.
This list pretty much uses all my available budget so would appreciate any comments people may offer if they think I could do better.
I still have a bit of a desire to wait just a little bit longer to see if the D800 will be announced next week, or the week after but I figure even if it is it is going to be many months away and if it is an amazing step change then I will just sell the D700 and upgrade then.