Thought I'd post this as I almost did not buy my new D800E because of all the complaints about how heavy and big it is, especially when coming from an APS-C sized sensor camera.
Compared to my Fuji X-Pro 1, I have to say that the D800 is actually EASIER to carry when walking around. Why?
Well because I only need one lens. With my 28mm Nikon lens, and 36 MP, I can just crop when I want to 'zoom'. Compare that to a carrying an X-Pro 1 and 3 lenses in a bag... which would you rather take?
Either a camera fits in a pocket or does not. If it does not, it's almost irrelevant how big/heavy it is (this side of a medium format!).
So, stop whining and complaining about how heavy and big the D800 is; it's actually lighter and more convenient than an APS-C sized camera and lenses kit.
Oh, and for those who don't like the D800 because of the massive file sizes, just save your edited RAW into a JPEG when you're done and you'll end up with 5-7 MB files. No big deal.
I'm surprised at all the 'professional' reviewers who complained about the above, and forgot to mention what I just did.
I manage quite well with just the 18mm and 35mm Fujinons as a walk-around kit; the 35mm on a 16MP DX body gives you about the same cropping ability as a 28mm on a 35MP FX body.
The combination of X-Pro 1, 35mm and 18mm weighs only 820g against 1200-1330g for the D800e and a 28mm (depending which lens you have), and the Fuji kit takes up quite a bit less space in a bag.
You'll only get a D800e image down to a 5-7MB JPEG by reducing the size and/or increasing compression - thereby reducing quality and negating many of the benefits of the 36MP sensor. A Large Fine JPEG from the D800e is around 16MP.
That's not to say that a D800e isn't a great camera, even for walkaround, but some people might make a different choice
I really don't know how anyone could complain that the D800 is heavy. People whine about just about anything and probably everything. Personally, I find my D800E relatively light compared to my D3 and actually wish it were a little heavier. Some weight helps to steady a shot.
Now the file sizes are another matter. I had to upgrade from my three year old computer because it was sooooo slow processing TIFFS, especially with Nik Software. Plain JPEGS were no problem though.
The D800E is a fantastic camera and the dynamic range and detail are amazing.
I agree, and I am not on any fence either. When I lugged my 8x10" gear on walks and up and down mountains (might still do it), I had about 25kg...for what the d800/e does, the size is more than reasonable.
I was shooting an night event 2 weeks ago when a participant pulled out a D800 with 50 1.4. We chatted fr while traded cameras for a moment and I took a double take and turned it around to see the label. It felt lighter than a d90. I guess I had gotten so used to the weight of the D800 with the grip and two batteries, a 70-200 and SB900 in the hand that I had forgotten that it really is not large or heavy in basic configuration. It is not a large camera when un-gripped. It was only the first week that I shot without a grip or without extra battery, over a year ago. It is all relative..... Stan St Petersburg Russia