Hey again guys :)
Delie I still don't think you have given a "good enough" reason to spend $3000 on a new camera body. Not to mention even more on new lenses and perhaps a new computer and hard drive space to handle 16-18mp worth of HD video. Yes you listed all of the benefits of full frame but how does that apply to YOU?
Are you planning to start a business? Sounds like you really just WANT and don't necessarily NEED a "D800". You don't need full frame necessarily to get good video quality. Just look at the differences between the D3S, 1Dmk4, the GH1, and some other point&shoot cameras in this video that was posted a while back by HotDuckZ
Yes it's your money but upgrading lenses versus bodies is a better choice. How many D3S have you seen with the 18-55mm attached to it?
Once again, thanks for the feedback :)
I've watched those Zacuto webisodes previously (still waiting for 3/3), and they're fantastic, and highly recommended! It was through these forums that I was made aware of that website initially too - so thanks for that :)
I would agree that I don't necessarily need full frame to get good video quality, absolutely.
Regarding buying a new lens rather than upgrading - I agree there are many benefits to be had from purchasing a new lens, but I feel that this does not address the key issue I have. The issue is: I would like a DSLR that also captures video (not necessarily 1080, although it would be a bonus). Certainly I would want more than 5 minutes worth of continuous shooting, and this is a limitation on some models. In addition, to be fair it's not your fault, but you don't actually know what lenses I have already because I haven't mentioned it and I haven't made any of my pics publicly available on the web for quite a long time. I have a 10-20mm Sigma, 50mm 1.4g prime Nikkor, and an 18-200 VR Nikkor. YES, there is *absolutely* room for improvement, but again -this is not the key issue for me right now, DSLR+Video is. I can 100% understand a lot of people are not in the slightest bit interested in having a DSLR capable of capturing video, this is perfectly fine with me. However, if the option is there I'd like to take it. It suits me personally very well indeed.
More of my current situation: currently I'm in the market for a high quality camcorder/video capture device. I have a camcorder, but it's 10 years old. And, coincidently I've also been considering upgrading to full frame for a long time too. It is actually *cheaper* (this is key) for me to part exchange my Nikon gear and purchase a Canon 5D mk2 with a 50mm 1.4 prime to get me started, than it is is for me to purchase a separate camcorder in the UK and have 2 devices (dslr+camcorder). For the price of the upgrade, I get a better stills camera, and MUCH better video-recording than I could ever hope to achieve with a stand-alone camcorder device for the money anyway. So you see, it's a case of 2 very good upgrades for the price 1. How could that NOT be tempting? :)