>Where Nikon have really changed the paradigm with the D700 is >releasing a camera that actually competes with their own FF >offering (D3). Most people (be they Nikon or Canon camps) >thought there was no way Nikon would release such a camera so >soon which has real potenial to canibalize sales of their top >line pro body. But what Nikon has done is a stroke of genius >IMO. Sure they may not sell as many D3's, but they will surely >sell a heap more D700's becuase of the price point alone and >as far as Nikon is concerned it's still going in their >coffers.
Yes - I wondered about that too, as the volume of D3 sales were never going to be high anyway & giving it direct competition this early in the game seemed kinda "interesting". The only conclusion I can reach is that they already have the D4 lined up for release in the not too distant future, and that will re-establish the differentiation between the top camera of the range and its nearest sibling. Anyone fancy 24mp FX with a 10mp crop mode?