> >All else equal, except a little frame rate, you will never >convince me that throwing out half the film chip delivers >better images. Never. No one ever shot wildlife or sports on >a Nikon Pronea because it was a better idea. Nothing changes >with digital.
>The idea that somehow smaller lenses and/or smaller sensors >make better images simply defies physics.
You are absolutely correct here, and arguing against that point is just plain silly. The catch is "all things equal," which doesn't always hold in the real world. My guess is that camera makers are approaching a wall with respect to how many pixels they can cram into a small space and still deliver increasing quality; therefore realizing that concentrating on larger sensor size is the way forward.
For those who are passionate about one format or the other, the solution is simple: Just get yourself a D800 and call it a day. In just one camera you have full frame goodness as well as the equivalent of a D7000 class DX sensor, with even more dynamic range. Truly the best of both worlds in one package.