>Most D300 users are in the same boat- no matter the details of >their body upgrade path, they probably never were forced to go >backward. And that is the root of the problem. The details >of the reasons are purely in the eyes of the beholder.
They aren't alone, though. Many of us have found that things we liked disappeared from newer cameras. For example, I like the fact that the D2X has cross-type AF sensors at the extremities of the AF pattern. (In fact, ALL of the D2x's 11 AF sensors are cross-type.) The Multi-CAM 3500 AF system has all of its cross-type sensors in the middle. Why, I have no idea. Now, this may work nicely for birders, but as a sports shooter who works mostly in portrait orientation, I like to focus on players' heads, in the top third of the frame. No cross-type sensors there, making AF less capable. But I've learned to live with it.
Not that I'm dissing my D3 overall. Considered in its entirety, it's a truly great camera. That one issue aside, the AF system is much improved over the D2X's Multi-CAM 2000. But I miss my large-body DX camera for field sports. Instead, I have to use a small-body camera with battery grip, which is not the same thing. I still want my "true D2X replacement" but have no expectation of ever getting it, so I'll use the best choice from what is available. And I'll keep working on improving my skills to get the shots with the equipment I have.
What Nikon giveth, Nikon sometimes taketh away in the next generation of cameras.