>That's not to say that Nikon inevitably has to keep that >particular niche filled, but I can understand that a D700 >owner looking for "the same but better" might feel >he/she has been left out.
Understood. Just like those of us who had to jump to Canon to get video felt left out for 3 years. Or those who wanted a D3x in a smaller studio body were left out for 3+ years.
I get it.
If this is your hobby, sit tight until the answer comes along. If this is your JOB buy a D4 or D3s and get on with it.
We all want a perfect camera. I had been shopping the Mamiya and Pentax MF cameras the past few months. And the full frame Sony as well. I needed something in the 24MP-30MP range. Nikon had the D3x but it fell short in a number of ways. The D800 isn't the perfect answer since I know shooting it is going to physically hurt. But it's the best option I've got, and the cost savings over the $12k-$20k medium format cameras will help dull the pain in my hands.