Sometimes it's hard for me to remember all the underlying considerations and balances/compromises that lead me to my choices. Your comment on the D3s reminds me of two very important aspects that led me to the D700. The most important was the price point, far below that of the D3/D3s with almost a D3 light feature set (reminds me of the old F5/F6 vrs F100 discussions). The other was the smaller size of the D700 over the D3/D3s. I prefer the ergonomics of my D2Hs, but it's become an about home camera while my D700 has been my travel/walk-about choice. Size/weight plays a very important part of that choice.