Speaking in general to responders on this thread (lot of good responses embedded), this does remind me of the effect of purchasing a great new lens:
- for example when I got my 500VR I spent intensive amounts of time learning and refining my sharpening techniques (still not done, can always get better ).
- my reasoning was that I had better "up my game" in post-processing skills commensurate to what this fine lens can produce. I didn't want to be a great equipment user and a hack at PP.
Same diff with the D800. This is a camera that will force oneself to grow in shooting technique and post-processing knowledge. So if you are getting a D800, now is probably the time to invest in that software package you have been eyeing and/or books and courses on how to use it at an advanced level. Personally even though I've probably advanced a long way from where I started, I still have a lot to learn about Capture NX2 and can always improve more.
All of this "forced to learn" type action is a huge benefit to the shooter for the rest of your shooting career. D800 will be a great camera to learn and grow with IMHO!