I am really confused by the direction Nikon is taking their lineup. The D700 was a great FX camera if you didn't want a D3. Then the D800 comes out with comments in PPA magazine and elsewhere walking about how the resolution/IQ is so high that you almost have to use a tripod. Things that were not visible in the 700 now show up in the 800 images. So what we have is the consumer line and the the expensive top end D4 - D800. For the semi-pro shooter that used the D300 ( or the D700 for that matter) they are left alone in the cold. I know 700 shooters that do not want to go to the 800 so they feel abandoned also. There seems to be a large void between the 4/800 and the consumer line.
For me the lack of the 10 pin connector on the 7100 is a deal breaker. The 7100 is almost but not enough. What we need is a D400 and a D750 but as mentioned above, it makes no sense for Nikon to put the guts of the 7100 in a 300 body (with 10 pin connector).
Nikonians is the Smithsonian of Nikon knowledge. If there is a question they can't answer, I want to see the question.