All of you are just way too funny!!!! One guy speculates $1,500 and by the 4th post, it somehow has become true! $200 more than the D7000? Don't think so. $2,400-2,700 is where this will land. D400 will be around $1,800-2,100.
You guys want cheap, but are not willing to give anything up.
No AF motor - That would be a good trade off. From what I can tell, the only lens design that has been released in the last 12 years and has not been updated is the 80-400mm VR.
Still active lenses and release month/year:
16/2.8 D Sep 93 >
20/2.8 D Mar 94 >
24/2.8 D Apr 94 >
28/2.8 D Oct 94 >
35/2 D Mar 95 >
50/1.8 D Feb 02 >
50/1.4 D Apr 95 >
85/1.8 D Mar 94 >
105/2 D DC Sep 93 >
135/2 D DC Nov 95 >
180/2.8 D IF-ED Dec 94 >
If you have older glass - you got at least 15 years out of it if not more. You can't expect Nikon to always have a motor, even in cheap bodies. Everyone got used to it when the D50 was the last cheap body with it, as too will people now. At some point it has to go. And if you want a cheap FX sensor - there you go. Maybe they will finely release updates to the f2.8 glass.
The concerning thing is, there really isn't cheap ($400-700) FX glass to go with it. The one lens patent has one, but there is nothing wide to moderate that is current. 70-300 is the only other "cheap" lens. The rest of the zooms are $1,000+. The only primes are the 50mm-s and the 85mm 1.8. The 28mm 1.8 is on the edge of a little too much. The rest of the primes are $2,000 each. Nothing in that wide realm again in the $400-700 range. That's an issue they will have to address soon.