>There is plenty of evidence over the last two years to dispute >that. A D3200, D5200 and in 2013 a D7100! If you mean they >have given up on a semi pro dSLR, then maybe. If one has not >been released by the close of 2013, then perhaps that is the >end of a semi pro spec dSLR. Comparing the D700 and D800 to a >DX D300s type dSLR is not a fair comparison.
The D3000/D3100/D3200/D5000/D5100/D5200... etc are not pro bodies. They are inexpensive entry level DSLR's Nikon uses to get people on their 'platform'.
I'm not comparing the D700/D800 at all to the D300.. I am doing the opposite. I'm saying the D300 is a fossil from the era before full frame.
Nikon has moved past the D300..
Nikon wants you on FX!
In another 6 years i'll bet we see Nikon move DX to mirrorless and DSLR's will only be full frame (Nikon has a bunch of lens patents for DX mirrorless lenses).
In truth its all a big guessing game... I look at what Nikon HAS DONE rather then what they SHOULD DO.