With the d800, you might want to think about using primes. A 24mm prime can "zoom" to 36 mm, a 35 mm prime to 52, and a 50 to 75. Actually wel beyond, because of the amazing crop capability. Just a thought. I've been printing D800 shots today, and I realize I really don't need a zoom. Too bad I have them already and only MF primes...
This was a discussion on another Nikon forum regarding the D800. It's really something to think about...for example, if you have a 50mm f/1.4 already with a D800, do you really need the 85mm f/1.4 as well? DOF would likely be different but probably negligible, and from what I'm reading about the BLUR filter in Photoshop CS6 the creamy bokeh can now be simulated. Nikon just might be cutting in on their own lens sales with this camera, not to mention the fact that Tokina and Sigma are releasing increasingly better glass.
Regarding the subject, the 14-24mm is one of Nikons most beloved lenses. I couldn't afford it so I bought the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 prime since it can also be used on FF if I ever upgrade. I like it alot but it doesn't live on my camera, hence the reason I didn't spend 2 grand on the Nik 14-24. Since learning how to use it I've never wished it had VR, even for shots at ~ 1/20 sec so I can't imagine Nikon "really" seeing it necessary to but VR in their 14-24. The 24-70mm with VR would be heavier and more expensive.