> >I would have preferred a camera in the 18-24 megapixel range >with more dynamic range. I'll still take delivery on a D800, >though, and it'll be interesting to see how often I shoot in >DX mode. > You will not have anything to be concerned with in DR at lower ISO since it has a similar technology sensor as D7000 which has superb DR at 100 ISO. This is not a wildlife or sports camera however so it is less of a replacement of the D700 than a left turn, something that never existed before. The tendency for shooters to have backups of the same model will likely change towards having 2-3 very different bodies each with optimum capabilities for specific subjects. That is going to protect investments in older models because there will still be a need for them in some situations. Nikon has done some really wise business moves recently, and jumped their market share by creating some very interesting products that are compelling enough for people to switch to Nikon. Still shooters will have a hard time for a while getting a D800 or D4 due to the suddenly much larger customer pool if soon to be ex-other-brand shooters or video types. As I hear it, Nikon ramped up production facilities in anticipation of selling more D4's than any prior flagship model. Reading the buzz regarding the D800 and its surprisingly affordable price, it will be a killer profit center at high volume. Hopefully, the D400 will be taking after the D4, lower res, higher ISO and faster frame rate for those who desire that. I would not be surprised if there are a lot of 3 camera households D400, D800, D4 because they each will have compelling reasons to be owned by the same person. 2012 will be Nikon's best sales year ever.