I have always told people to buy the glass you want and the body you can afford. A body won't help you with improving your skill, but a lens will give you a whole new perspective. The D70s is a really nice full featured camera body. I say go for it.
Why not go for the D200 body used (seen them for as low as $750 with low shutter actuations) and either a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 ($104)/ a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 ($279) or a Nikkor 35 f/2 ($250-$300). I noticed you don't have any primes and these 3 are great! So you get a great body that will last you for years and some very good glass (especially the 35mm
This way you may not get the NAS bug with the body 6 months down the road.
Both are great bodies and produce great results. I think the 200 is more long term useful. It has a few features I'd have liked on my 70s, like the RGB histogram can be really useful. Although, I'd carry three batteries instead of two and bigger CF cards.
FWIW, the D70s is a camera you will grow out of. The D200 is a camera you will grow into. The D200 also has a larger viewfinder, larger more color accurate LCD, superior focusing, faster focusing motor, more pixel power to crop and get enough resolution for prints, great buffer for shooting in rapd burst mode....
I would incline towards a D200 as the used prices are incredibly low for the moment as many are selling to upgrade. For $1,000 you can pick up a great used D200 and a 50mm f/1.8.
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Check out Cameta Camera on the "Bay". They just had a "Factory Demo" D200 (which means new, really - ask others including myself who have bought their demos before) for $910! You can surely find a used Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 for around $80. There's your $1000.
I have a D70 that I've grown out of, and just recently bought a D200.
I have the same exact lenses: 24-120D and 80-200D
When I looked up on the D200, I ended up learn so much about the D70 that I didn't know. It maximized my understanding of what a D70 can do: pretty much everything a D200 can do - in the shooting situations you've listed, with few obvious difference in MP, FPS, built, AF speed etc..(those are what I need)
I would recommend you compare the specs and see what is important to you on the differences between the 2 bodies, if the extra features in the D200 is something you can live without, then save yourself at least $500+ on the difference between the bodies and put it in lenses.
me? since I went for the D200, my D70 no longer becomes my beloved. (but the same can be said when I upgrade my D200 to ? whatever)
>Thanks to everyone for their thoughts. > >The consensus seems to be the D200 for its additional features >and performance. And as Albert noted, it is body that one can >grow into. > >Although I have an opportunity to buy a used D70s this week, >I'll hold off, save some money and keep my eye out for a good >deal on D200. > >-- >Romel
I shoot weddings and events with a D200 as my primary camera and a D70 as my backup.
The first thought that comes to mind in your situation is that the D200 will not make you a better photographer than the D70s for shooting people, candids, and street photography. The D70 images are just as sharp as the D200 (given the same lenses). At a print size of 16 x 20, you can just begin to see some slight improvement in image sharpness with D200 images. You really can't see much difference at 11x14 unless you use a loope, and no difference at all at 8x10.
The big advantage with the D200 over the D70 (and D70s) is the focusing time in low level light conditions which greatly helps in wedding and event photography, but I don't think that would make any difference in your type photography.
What would make a difference is to get a good wide angle 2.8 zoom to go with your excellent 80-200/2.8. I highly recommend the 17-55mm f/2.8 AFS DX. That would cost a bit more than the $1000 you mentioned.
At the moment, you can get a used D70 body for $364 from KEH, The D70 and D70s are essentially identical after making the free software updates. The performance is identical.