Upload & Sell: Off
I don't normally do these kinds of posts, but I'm feeling a little stuck. After waffling back and forth between the Canon and Nikon camps I have pretty much decided to go back to a D700. I shoot hand-held 99.9% of the time and like using available light.
I shoot a little bit of everything but we just had our first child a few weeks ago so she will be my main subject for quite some time I'm sure. I have been shooting her with a mix of lenses on a Canon T1i and am just not happy with the noise. Even with lower iso and bounce flash it's challenging to get shots close to what I could do with no flash on the D700. This will come as no surprise to most of you considering the difference in pixel density, etc. It was a question of economics when I sold the D700.
I briefly considered a 5D Mark ii but spending more than a D700 for resolution I don't need and inferior handling (opinion) doesn't seem to make sense. Half my current Canon lenses are EF-S anyway, so I would be replacing them as well.
So here is where I need the help-- Selling all of my current Canon gear will get me close to the price of a D700 body, I can kick in the rest. The problem is I won't be able to afford replace the assortment of lenses I have right away. I'm ok with that, I can live with 1 great portrait lens that can double as my walk-around. I can't afford a 24-70 right now, and I actually tend to prefer primes especially on full-frame. I would prefer to spend about $800 or less if possible.
I know this is a long way around for another "which lens should I buy" thread, but I thought the background would help.