I'm a passionate amateur who is transitioning into the pro field. I have started shooting some paying gigs and I'm looking to join a commercial studio as a junior photographer (hoping to slowly learn the trade in depth and move my way up as my skills and knowledge increase). I currently own a D5000 which I purchased a year and a half ago for a great price on the floor model. I took a lot of time researching options after 6 months of using the camera and decided that quality glass was a better investment than a new body. So over the last year I have purchased Tamron 70-300 3.5-5.6 (kind of my first early stumble but still useful and didn't cost too much but wish I had saved my money as I hardly use) Nikkor 35mm 1.8 AF-S G DX, 50mm 1.8 AF-S G, 85mm 1.8 AF-S G. I love the primes and feel they have helped me improve my photography with a maximum return on investment. I'll have these lenses for years. Now that I'm involved in paying gigs in different situations I'm feeling the D5000 isn't quite performing at the level I'd like for myself and paying clients. Specifically I'd like a 95-100% viewfinder, better auto focus, better lowlight ISO perfomance and the LCD on the D5000 is horrible for seeing what you've actually shot. Also it wouldn't hurt to have some weather sealing and more durability. My budget is $1500 So I was thinking of getting the D7000 and using that as I continue to improve and then move to whatever pro body suits me best in perhaps another year and a half or two years (I'm sure it'll be something like the D900xstt21FF or something just as silly by that time). But....With the apparent D600 on the horizon it muddies the waters. Do I wait a little longer and see if the D600 is basically a D7000 FX camera? Do I get the D700 now as it's a great camera and will serve me well for years, even though it's likely to be out megapixel-ed by every camera released from now on, yet still be more bang for the buck in the next two years despite pushing my budget by $500? Or do I get the D7000 now as it's within my price range, I have a local shop with a great deal and it will probably make me a happy camper with it's upgrade in every regard compared to my D5000? I guess I'm thinking that with new Nikon releases it seems as though the D700 is likely to be phased out and I'm wondering if it's worth the extra cash now to get such a solid performing beast before it's discontinued or if the D7000 is likely to hold me over for a couple years while I continue to take paying jobs and possibly work for a pro studio? I know there isn't one correct answer just looking from some feedback from those more experienced out there that might have a nugget of knowledge to pass along. I currently shoot a lot of city street photography, landscape, people, events, architecture and I'm looking to move into commercial studio/location ad work (hopefully if my applications are accepted). Sorry for the long winded post but I wanted to make sure I provided solid info for anyone that was considering responding. As I said, I'm aware there is no "right" answer just looking for feedback from those with more experience in this world. Thanks.