Llevine: As a D700 owner who is not interested in a D800/e in it's new guise and to be honest a dedicated D700 user, I am inclined to think it a bit of a strange advancement, if advancement is the right word. It seems to me to be a down sized, except in pixels, D3X. If the replacement had been a 16Gb expeed3 replacement with even better ISO processing I may, just may have taken a greater interest. I am not interested in printing images above 16x12ins and even less the D800's ability to fire the shutter only up to 4fps. It appears not to be a tool of interest to someone who takes fast moving wildlife or sport. However, I shall watch the D800 forum with interest just to see if I've missed something vital.
So yes, I agree with you, a definite disappointment. I hang my hope on a fast replacement for the D300s. I still think my D700 is the best camera I have ever bought and hope it continues to give me many more years of landscapes, portraits and architectural photography.