>"The D7000 will cause many folks to >wonder if they really need an FX body like the D700 when the >D7000 is so good at less than half the price." > >True or not?
Somewhat true for a subset of the population. I believe photographers lke me are the exact target market for the D7000.
In my case: I'm right in the middle between the snapshooter and the seasoned pro. I'm one of those middleground customers. My first Nikon was the N90s, which I bought new, and was (actually still am) thrilled with. The D7000 occupies a similar space in the lineup as the N90s did.
When I went into digital, a used D1H was the only camera that had what I was looking for. It slightly outspec'ed the N90s by having a better body and newer AF and metering, and of course the digital part. I elected to spend extra for a used D1H over a D100 or D70, for things like manual focus lens metering, better viewfinder, and the vertical grip. The D1H has been the perfect digital SLR for me.
But then I started to look into something with higher res. So I bought a used D1x a couple of years ago as a stopgap. It came in handy for a couple of paid jobs, so was worth it. And there was nothing to learn because it was the same as the D1H physically. Having two of the same body is also nice when two cameras are needed.
But then I got a call from my cousin earlier this year, asking me to photograph her wedding. I hemmed and hawwed for a while, but finally caved in. I knew I had to buy a newer, more lowlight-capable camera several months before ths assignment. So, as much as I didn't want to buy something yet, I scraped together some money and bought a brand new D90. It turned out to be insanely useful at the wedding, so I'm glad I purchased it.
But I would not have bought the D90 had it not been for the wedding. And I don't really feel one with the D90, honestly. I loved the N90s, loved the D1H (stil love using them), but the D90 and the D1x just don't give me that same itch to go take pictures, as there are things about them that get in the way sometimes.
So my plan is to buy a D7000 next year and sell both the D90 and D1x, while keeping the classic D1H as my second/backup body. The D7000 is $1200, which is what I paid for the used D1H years ago. And what is amazing, is that the D7000 meets the D1H's basic photographic specs. 6 fps: the D1H does 5, but it's closer to 5.5 actually. AI lens capability. Metal body. etc, etc. I normally don't buy new cameras, but the D7000 looks like something I'd want to keep forever (along with the D1H, N90s, etc).
FX? Well yeah. The D7000 would delay an FX body purchase for me for a long time. The D700 is the camera I really want, but the D7000 appears to be the poor man's version of it. I can live with DX a while longer. And I've learned to like the DX format for telephoto work. In fact, my 80-200mm lens seems too short on FX lately.