Actually, it's not "twice" as expensive when comparing original body prices. The D300 went for $1800, the D700 will go for $3000. A better way to look at it is that the D700 is $2000 less than a D3--which I doubt many think the D3 is overpriced--and doesn't give up all that much to that fantastic camera. Loss of higher frame rates doesn't bother me, or the 5:4 crop. Gaining a full frame, excellent high ASA performance, and huge VF are all big pluses to me. The D700 is an incredible deal, and Nikon will a bazillion of them. I have a D200 and was about to commit to an 18-200 (yes, many say it's soft), but I'll hold out for a D700. I only wish I heard better things about the 24-120 FX lens.