Thank you Mr. Valentino for your poignant discussion and the example images you have posted. The images displayed in this thread demonstrate that outstanding work is produced not merely by the camera system but also by the photographer. As has been said many times before, most of the photographic process occurs four inches behind the viewfinder.
Now, I don't mean to downplay the significance of the D700. It is definately a confirmation that Nikon is in the game and ready to play hard. I think that's great! But I also will be sticking with my DX system and working to get the most out of that for the next few years. The limitations are more imagined than physical.