>...Yet again, people like me (D200/D300 users) are now presented >with a set of choices that could only have been thought out by >a buffoon. If I want to update my D200 I can now...
Here's the way I see it. As a D300 user I'd prefer a D400 to a D7100 (not knowing exactly what a D400 would be), and I think I'd be willing to pay the extra money for it. However, the D7100 looks like a very competent camera that has many of the features I like in my D300. I'll especially mention the autofocus module, and the 100% viewfinder. (Even the D200 doesn't have that. We can debate whether you really need it, but I know I really want it.)
It's interesting that the D200/D300 fans are critical of the D7100 because it's really too good! Its features are crowding out the space where a D400 could fit.
If I felt like I needed a new camera, I think I'd be pretty happy with a D7100. So, if the D400 never appears, with the D7100 option I don't see myself abandoning Nikon DX for Canon, or something else.
But, I'm pretty satisfied with my D300, and at the moment the D7100 isn't sufficient to entice me to give up some features to gain some others. My NAS is under control, I like what I see in the D7100, I'd rather see a D400, but for now I'm sticking with my D300.