>Has everyone taken leave of their senses? > Probably. Unfulfilled NAS has that effect on people. It been a while since we had a new pro body, so it has been building fro some time.
In any event, my guess is that Nikon has the pricing right and the market will support it. People will #### (as always) that Nikon is gouging. If they don't sell, then the price will drop until Nikon feels that it is unsustainable.
Supply and demand is a wonderful thing! Everyone needs to make their own value determination. Unlike health insurance, purchasing one of these is not required.