Is this just a defensive rumor started by Canon to stop people from defecting to Nikon and buying the D800?I doubt that. Anyone who wanted to defect would have already, since they've had several months to consider it. The D800 is real, a Canon variant isn't, for someone who needs the MP, they've moved already. Especially since there was no indication Canon was gonna match the D800 in price.
Price I think will be $5000 - $5500 and for the designated user, I think is very reasonable. I think it's going to dust the Nikon D800, but should NOT be direct competition due to the price difference.Yep, these I can see being about right. And I think Nikon actually made a mistake pricing the D800 so low. There are quite a few people that switched because it was affordable to do so, only to realize they didn't need or want 36MP, and now they are changing back. I've seen it a bunch for wedding/pj types, where the hassle of the extra storage and extra processing isn't worth it
For the full-time pro, I think this camera is a huge home-run. I'd consider picking up this camera in a couple of years unless Canon comes out with a medium format camera....