I am a long time lurker here on the forum, and have learned an amazing amount from everyone. In most every case someone else has proposed a question that I have considered prior to my having to post, and I have benefitted from the diversity of answers. Finally, I have now encountered a situation that is a bit overwhelming that I haven't yet seen on the board.
I shoot a D7000, using a pretty complete set of Nikon primes (35 2.0, 35 1.8, 50 1.8D, 50 1.4D, 85 1.4D), and some weaker link zooms (Tok 11-16, N 18-200) As a hobbyist my interests are diverse, but most of my shots amount to family portraiture, with some travel, landscape, and now a fair bit of video.
My goal is to add a pro-quality midrange zoom, tele-zoom, and ultimately a FF body to enable the ability to spend my time swapping bodies instead of lenses and to support two camera video shoots. My silver bullet question is this - I now have $4k that I can guilt free spend on some upgrades, and never having had this opportunity before (not likely again), want to make damn certain I do not blow it.
I have rented a 70-200V2 - and absolutely loved it. It's got to be a part of the solution, although many of you would counsel the VI would be more appropriate, for the difference in price it would have to open up some very significant options to go that way. Mid-Range I have the identical conflict many, many others seem to have - I WANT a 24-70, while my skills are far better suited to the VR of the 24-120 - and of note, I use Aperture, so I don't have all those cool barrel and pincushion fix-it tools all of you Adobe guys have, so shooting a 24-120 will be a bit rougher.
Nikon has quite a sale on now - which enables the ability to purchase virtually any combination of the above with a DX body - which is all good, but it doesn't advance the FF process. Here are my considered paths:
1) Get new 70-200V2, new 24-70. Wait on FF upgrade and second body
2) Get used 70-200V1, used 24-70, used D600
3) Get new 70-200V2, new 24-120, and leverage discount to fund a DX body.
After bit and piecing all of my lenses together, it sure would be nice to be the first guy to crack open a gold box, but is that very hedonistic pleasure too expensive for my budget?
D610, 11-16 Tok, 17-50 Siggy, 35 f1.4 Siggy, 70-300AFS, 24-120 f4, 70-200 f2.8 vII, 50 f1.4D, 85 f1.4D, 55 2.8AIS Nikkors. SB 900, SB 600, B&W, Lee filters