It is so hard for me to understand the frustrations that some of the photographers have with Nikon. If you are a sport photographer and Nikon is not fulfilling your needs what is stopping you from going Canon? Now, the word pathetic does not look right to me for a company that is taking a good share of the market. As a matter of fact, the D3 made many professionals switch back and let's be realistic, the D3 and the D300 are most probably the best made cameras in their formats right now. We do not owe loyalty to Nikon, at least I do not and I am sure the same goes for Canon users. We buy our gear we do not get it for free. Since cameras and lenses are tools each photographer should use what makes him or her comfortable irrespective of the brand name. What I am saying is that if you do not like flying with United you could be very happy flying with Jet Blue.