scoobysmak, thank you for your excellent comments, and sense of humor.
The D7000 takes very good pictures, but I also have the same problem with the controls being less comfortable to use than, in my case, the D200/D300. The D7000 viewfinder makes me feel claustrophobic. I keep the 300mm with the 1.7 converter on it and the which makes a super combination for macro, and small
On the D800 / D800E. I have wanted a Nikon camera without anti-alias filters since the Kodak 14n which I thought was an amazing body for landscapes; the detail the 14n produces has always been breathtaking to me. I think I am going to go with D800E if the difference is on a par with the 14n, and like yourself waiting for some raw files to look at it.
TaoTeJared, I agree, but my purpose is not to guess the actual features of the camera but see if there will be anything that a D400 could offer to me that the D800 does not already seem to offer for the type of shooting I enjoy. ON actual features I would guess the D400 will be a 24MP camera, that may be FX and DX both to help Nikon promote their more expensive lenses.
I am fast coming to t conclusion that there is not much that the D400 is going to offer me beyond other being a thousand dollars less and a having a much higher fps which will probably be in 8fps or higher in DX.
I am not an event photographer, but will do it under duress. Nevertheless, I admit liking the ability to put the hammer down when I see a good action, but think lag is as, or even more important to me than fps. Also seeing more in the frame makes can make just okay shots potentially into gems. It is hard for me to predict what I cannot see coming when the action is really fast. Two examples of this before sharpening with the D300 and a 300mm lens:
I think the D800E, with its reduced lag, at 5fps or 6fps with the grip would probably have given me an even better shot because of seeing the action better, especially in the first shot above.
Putting the extra thousand dollars aside, I think the D800 because of its superb dynamic range, which seems to me to be as good as the D4, is going to be a very good wildlife camera for 90-95 percent of my shooting, and a spectacular camera for portraits and landscapes, so thinking that I will likely skip the D400 which is the primary reason I started this thread.
I think it is going to be just the D800E for me.