For my money, this post could have ended right here. Boom. It's as simple as that.
>But whatever, what I'm trying to say is I think your >frustration is a little pointless.
>I'd really, really like to >have a D400 as well...I can wait...My current camera >still works fine.
And this is the crux of the matter isn't it. If your career depends on you having a camera similar to what the D400 offers, then you go buy that similar camera. If the 7D has the specs you need, go buy it. When I needed a DSLR for my films, Nikon didn't have anything suitable. So I bought Canon's. Whatever. Years ago, when Canon didn't address their AF issues in the 1DMk3, many pros jumped to the D3/D3s. That is what pros do. If the D300/s is no longer meeting the need, go buy something that does. Sony a77 shoots 12fps at 24MP.
>As for the D800 debacle, I think Nikon is getting a bad rap.
I fail to see any debacle. Nikon made as many D800s as they could. It's probably the hottest camera on the market. A few had issues. It happens.
>For everyone complaining about the D800 inventory, I'm yet to >hear a suggestion that is viable from a business, legal and >financial perspective (I haven't even heard many real >suggestions beyond "they should make more.").
Nor will you. Just a few blowhards second guessing Nikon. Half of them don't have the cash on hand to buy the D400 if it was announced tomorrow.
> I >wish it was legal for them to require a non-refundable cash >deposit for the early orders. That would clear out the >multi-orderers and the quick-buck guys. Unfortunately it >would make too many people mad and I doubt they can legally >require it of their resellers.
Good suggestion though. Though I would suspect the people looking to turn a quick profit off the sales would not be dissuaded.