I am so glad I decided to stop waiting and get the D700 last Christmas...
Rumors and high expectations are sometime good as we avoid investing on evolutionary dead-end but on the other hand, like a double-edge sword, it can actually kill a company that did not deserved it. Competition is brutal and one may start leaking fantastic specs for a variety of reasons, some well intended and others not. When a revolution is announced, every one is holding their dollars in an attempt to outsmart timing and losers and in the meantime, the current product do not sell, crippling engineering capacities and sometime a whole pan of an industry. This is why Nikon is hiding their plan. When the buyers finally come to their senses and are ready to put down the cash, it is sometime too late as the manufacturer got wiped out of the face of earth. I am from the wireless telecom and it happened to us, we had the better product, far superior than anything on the market, with capacities that was making our competitors dizzy and 1500 heads strong and we are dead. Others end-up winning, not necessarily because they have better products but sometime just because they could survive the mass extinction event. After the effect of the blast dissipates, there is no choice but to buy on the crap that has survived.
I seriously hope we are not doing this to our love ones. Forefront technology is far from being simple and as the say goes, nine women cannot deliver a baby in one month. If Nikon has not put new high-end DSLRs on the market, it’s probably because it is not ready as it would be stupid not to unleash the competition killers and therefore we perhaps should hold our cries a bit. I think for the sake of fairness, all the fake “insiders” should come out of the closet.
As for me, perhaps I should have bought my dream D700 when I had the money. Now I have to wait for my cash to rebuild and its killing me.