>So, with clarity of mind restored back to the store today to >return my D800 and home again with the much less expensive and >new 70-200mm f4.0 VRIII - glass which I know will ADD to my >photography.
I hear you. I was dying to buy the D800 when the price was lower by $200 the past week. I made a pack with myself that I wouldn't spend that much money in 2012. I was not happy when December 30th rolled around and the $200 discount was gone. However, now that it's a new year I'm happy I did. I looked at my pictures I took with my D700 and my Gigapan unit, the pictures I took on my flickr page, and realized that it's a great camera. Also, with all the scare tactics that all the past D800 owners gave made me happy I didn't buy the camera.
Like you I decided to buy new glass instead of a new camera body.