So, I shot four years on a D60, and 33k clicks in, shutter froze.
It was time for a new DSLR anyway.
I was going to wait until the D600 came out, then consider a used D700 or new D600.
But then I thought to myself: I'm a college student. As much as I want a camera with uber high ISO and video, I don't need it. I prefer using flashes/studios.
Nor should I really be spending much on a camera.
So I looked, and I can get a good condition used D300 + an aftermarket warranty for less than $700.
Aftermarket warranty for two years, I'd expect a shutter to die/main-board to burn out in that time, I could get them replaced via the warranty then.
I will love the speed/physical controls/AF-Motor/AF of the D300 series that doesn't come with cheaper bodies though.
The AF motor is an absolute necessity.
I was often frustrated with the lack of a top LCD, AF motor, speed, and external controls on my D60.
I've considered a D7000, but I've grown used to the snappiness, heft, and size of my N90s, so I'd like the digital equivalent, which is the Dx00 series.
I don't need video, so it's not a big deal, nor is switching to CF memory.
However, I would like a FF for the wide angle bit. I could get everything I want in one package as a D700, speed/controls/FF/AF, but the only inhibition is price.
Is it worth it to go for a used D300 + 2 year aftermarket warranty for $700, or wait until D600 is released and possible used price drops of D700? If it was around $1k I could justify it to myself.
My lenses are all FX, so there's no requirement for DX.