>I can barely afford a D800.........let alone a makeup artist! > I don't need a makeup artist with my D700.
You dont "Need" a make up artist with the 800 anymore than you do with the 700. My point was, If you are going to pixel peep a 36mp file and it bothers you there is "too much" detail, downsample to 12MP or shoot DX mode or If you are intent on pixel peeping a 36MP file get a good make up artist, to take care of bad skin, thin eyelashes, wrinkles etc. I know plenty of pros shooting a D700 who use make-up artist - if you are doing a serious shoot it make a huge difference. And the cost is built into the shoot anyway.