It's possible that Nikon is pricing the D800 very aggressively in an effort to take Canon's users. You have to look at camera bodies like video game systems, they sell you the body, but we all know you can't do jack with just a body. You have to buy lenses, flashes, batteries, and other accessories. Maybe in Nikon's eyes they're simply giving up $500 initially because they know they'll get thousands more out of it in the future. Just a thought.This. If the 5DIII was the same price as the 5DII, I would have bought the 24-70 II and the 5DIII in the next 9 months.
However, after sticker shock with the 24-70, the sticker shock of the 5DIII was really just disconcerting for me. I am not spending over 5k on camera gear anytime soon.
I will probably wait for a few months and see about the possibilities of a 2k-2500 dollar FF camera being released by either company, or simply buy a D700 and the Nikon 24-70 in the summer.
If Canon wants to put premium pricing on their lenses i'd expect very competitive pricing for their cameras.
What I don't understand is how they can go from being priced below Nikon across the board to being priced above Nikon across the board in one wave of product releases.