"Thankfully I've not had any mushiness or magenta cast type issues from my GF D300", and my D90 have perfect colors as well, so i do not totally agree with "D7000 skin tones - quite an improvement over my D90"
I'm one of those who got the D300 instead of the D7000 (and would do it again against the D7100), and got the D700 after the announcement of the D800/D600.
I think they are different tools, though, of course, the newer technology as some good points: like high ISO.
Nikonians!!! My best investment made after my camera!!!