>All true, but I see this situation as slightly different. In >the past, Nikon has generally created a clear upgrade path for >its DSLR customers. The D70 was replaced by the D80
The D70s got a D70s. Maybe the D700 will also.
> then the >D90 and D7000;
Which Nikon claimed the D7000 was NOT a successor to the D90
or there's the D2H - D2Hs - D3 - D3s - D4 >sequence, and so on. This time, the D800 just isn't a obvious >update for the D700; its emphasis has changed.
The F6 came after the F5. Absolute oddball.
>I'm not saying that this is good or bad, or that Nikon are >wrong, but I can see how it could confuse or disappoint some >members.
Completely agree. But, it appears from all outward indication that the D700 was another Nikon oddball. An experiment perhaps. A low light stunner offering 90% of the pro body for half the price. Maybe their numbers say they shouldn't do that again. I don't know.
But I can say if I was a D700 owner and I was in need of a new camera, I'd certainly not be waiting around for a successor to the D700. Nikon appears to have shifted strategy, and so would I be.