first: all those who have already bought a D800 (or a D4 or a D600) because they need the MP and love this camera, please do not respond, i don't want to continue a discussion whether the D800 is or is not the D700 successor. as you see, for me it is NOT and i'm one of those who are still waiting and hoping and i wanted to know how many of us are out there...
i'm photographing professionally, but i'm making not too much money with it, just trying to make a living. the D4 would absolutely be my camera, but i just can't afford it and i would be happy with 8 or 9 FPS already.
i feel like nikon has invented 3 types of punishment for people like me asking for an affordable (~2800 to 3500 USD) very good alround DSLR that makes the best compromise of resolution (+filesize), speed, high-iso-capability, built-quality and features like the D700 did. the punishments are
a) pay twice the price (or only buy 1 camera instead of 2) b) a plastic body, with dust and oil spotted sensor and an unprofessional and a tiny area covering AF (and already too many MP) c) sacrifice the 'allround' character with way too high res. and filesize, and therefore too low speed and not as good ISO capab. as desired
i know that many have one of the 3 already and don't see it as a punishment, and as written above this thread was not meant for those so please don't respond. just all of you who are also waiting for a 'baby D4' (or even 2 of them)... anyone? as long as my D700 is still working as perfectly as it does (and i'm not making a LOT with photos and can afford a D4) i have no need to 'upgrade', but i would certainly need a 2nd body and would LOOOOVE this D701s to be it.
btw: i called it D701s just for fun, because i had a F801s about 20 years ago that i really loved.
who else has the $3000 ready to spend on the D700 successor baby D4 D710 D701 D700s D900 or whatever it could be called ????