Paul, it's great that you're happy with your D700, but topics like this aren't absolutes. They involve individual preferences, different shooting styles, and different budgets. Some people will struggle to find any form of DSLR necessary. I've had many people come up to me while I was shooting and tell me "I don't know why you're bothering with that DSLR. My Panasonic point and shoot does everything you would need." Are they correct? They are for themselves, but not for me, and I suspect not for you. Similarly, there are people who prefer to use Phase One 80MB backs on their medium format cameras. Would that make economic sense for me or align with my preferences? Probably not, but it doesn't mean they're wrong. Past a certain point, we need to realize that there's no right or wrong in this discussion, and it's more productive to move on to a different topic.