If you dont mind me asking, whatis it about the specs of the d800 that makes you more impressed/interested than the d700? I dont mean this as a troll post, i mean this honestly.
It's not so much a D800 vs. D700 issue, but rather a Canon vs. Nikon issue. Compared to the 5D and 5DII, the D700 offers a far superior AF and frame rate, comparable dynamic range, and better high ISO performance. Hopeful that the 5DIII would address some of the shortcomings of the 5DII as compared to the D700, I held off switching systems. Un
I already liked the D700, and the D800 seems like it will retain all of the positive attributes of the D700 and improve upon them in other areas. So not only will I get a far superior AF system and FPS compared to the 5DII by switching to Nikon and the D800, I'll also get a nice bump in resolution. These factors are enough to push me over the edge and make the plunge to switch systems. Of course, a lot of this remains to be seen until real bodies are in the field, but I'd be stunned if the D800's noise suppression and DR didn't at least match that of the D700.
As of now, no one has any idea when the 5DIII will be released, while a D800 announcement seems imminent. I know rumors are just rumors, but the latest in the rumor mill is that the 5DIII will get some variant of the 1Dx's 18 mp sensor, a 50-25,600 ISO range, 3-4 FPS, and at best a 19-point AF system. There is some speculation that the AF system will be an even lesser version of the 7D's 19-point system. Considering that AF and FPS are my biggest gripes with the 5D and 5DII, this is very bad news. I'm not a gambling man, but even if the 5DIII gets a sensor that closes the resolution gap between it and the D800, I doubt it will come anywhere close in terms of AF and FPS.
So my choices are switch systems and start shooting with a camera that better suits my needs within the next few months, or wait indefinitely and hope that Canon can counter with something that can truly compete with Nikon in this segment. If I stick with Canon, the only option for a full-frame body with a professional-grade AF system is the $7,000 1Dx. No thanks.