Recently I managed to borrow a Nikon D700 from a friend's friend together with a few other lenses including the AF-S 24-70mm f2.8 and the AF-D 50mm f1.4. Full frame quality is really a huge step up from what I am used to with the 1000D and 85mm f1.8 USM. Going back to the 1000D may now be a problem. My experience with the D700 + 50mm f1.4 was really good. Fast and accurate focusing even with outer non-cross type AF points.
As such, I want to know what is the Canon "equivalent" of the Nikon D700. I know that there will definitely be problems in comparison. I know that the 5D2 doesn't really match up to the D700 in terms of specifications like AF points, FPS, etc.
Also, is the EF 50mm f1.4 as good as the AF-D 50mm f1.4 in terms of accurate focusing (I know this varies with different lenses), speed of focus, colour rendition etc? Individual lens reviews can only say so much so I hope to know if they are comparable.
There's not really a direct equivalent. The 5DII was positioned at a similar price at the time but it's a different type of camera. At the time if you wanted a big sensor sports camera from Canon or a high megapixel full frame from Nikon, you needed to buy a 1 series from Canon or a D3X.
Nowadays the newer cameras from Canon have more advanced AF systems (5DIII) and the new cameras in that price territory from Nikon have more megapixels (D600, D800).