>... competing your new model against your >flagship is not exactly the smartest approach). If this is >for a new camera, Nikon should fire its marketing people. >... > >Stephen In marketing, there is a very well used motto "eat your own children or someone else will eat them." We marketing professionals practice auto-cannibalization all the times because our competitors will gladly do it for us if we don't. Did you happen to notice that the D300 decimated the D2Xs when the D300 came out? The next D400 (or D700) should be positioned market-wise to take a big bite out of the D3 sales. And from a customer's point of view ... why not?