I'm basically a Rockwell-esque 'Dad With a Camera' and take lots of pics of my family, with aspirations to get into formal portraiture. I've already took my first steps into corporate headshots, and have other outlets to work on 'photo essay' type stuff in the field, working with natural light.
I currently use a D3400, and have the DX 35mm lens, and the 50mm. I plan on getting the 85mm to round the set out, although it will have uses limited to primarily headshots due to the crop factor.
Anyway, I am finding that I do not like the noise I get at usual ISO settings (800–6400 for me in the conditions I shoot in), and find that the AF doesn't keep up with moving targets as well as I'd like. Basically, I want better low light performance, and more 'keepers,' so figure an upgrade is on the cards.
I have been looking at the D7500 and the D500, and have come to the conclusion that low-light performance is only going to be negligibly better, although feature-wise I'm going to get a lot of extras that will help me net more keepers.
What would my upgrade be here for maximum $1,500 that can deliver better low-light performance, has a better AF, and is a part of the Nikon line?
Part of me is even looking at an older full-frame camera like the D700 or similar, but I'd need to also factor in getting an FX 35mm, which my budget of around $1,500 is going to stretch. I'm undecided whether to keep my D3400 and 35mm around as a spare and a 'house' camera.