Stan, Thanks for your replies. Since I am not out in the boonies, I can drive 30 miles to a dealer I trust. Since handling is important to you, I wonder which Nikon you had before the D800. I went from a D200 to a D7000. I have big hands and really liked the D200. The D7000 is OK, and I definitely like the image quality improvement I get from it, but just on the basis of handling, I would choose the D200. I'm hopeful the D800 will be more like the D200. What do you think?