It could be said that Nikon’s ‘Pro level’ line-up is rather specialised.
You either have the resource hogging, megapixel-count-borderlining-in-ridiculous D800/E, or the speed demon D4/s.
The D800 serves as a great studio camera, while the D4/s is just bloody brilliant in anything action.
However, Nikon’s forgotten the possibly most prominent segment: press and events folks.
The 5D MKIII is a bloody well-rounded body: It has good enough ISO performance, a reasonably fast burst rate, manageable file size, and a killer AF system.
With the D800 and the D4 though, you have to choose; based on what kind of photography you specialise. Now there is nothing wrong with that, but a lot of gear-mongering crowd are in the wedding and events segment, and the D800 is not exactly a good camera for that sort of stuff. The D4 is brilliant, but it’s too damn heavy; and the MPx count can be a bit wanting for some, especially if they like to have some room for cropping.
Oh Nikon, all you had to do was take the D700, bump up the burst and buffer performance if you can, and give it the sensor and other small features from the D600.
But no, you had to show off with the 36 megapixels (that no one in the DSLR world is ever going to need within the decade) and ISO I-can’t-even-count-that-high (Which most snobby photogs won’t even go near to).
Thank goodness for you I’m a DX shooter. Despite your publicity in catering to the pros, your consumer line-up is a whole lot more sensible.
If I made a living out of taking photos and could afford all the full-frame stuff I needed, (and that day might come within the next few years) I’d go for Canon.
Oh and for Canon, props for you for selling so much of your consumer equipment with nothing but a bloody good marketing department. No, seriously, I am really impressed, because half of your budget lenses are shit. But hey, all the consumer crowd want is a dslr and a kit lens, right?