>The problem with threads like this is that they take the undoubted strengths of the D700 and by generalising, turn them into something that does not exist.
There is no "problem with threads like this." It's merely a group of like-minded folks having a pleasant discussion about something they enjoy. Sometimes it's technical, sometimes it's not. Being overly cautious to never, ever type a single comment that isn't quantifiable takes all the fun out of it.