The 5DII and D700 were already great products. Canon and Nikon merely addressed the most glaring weakness of both bodies. Canon improved AF and speed in the 5DIII, and Nikon improved the resolution in the D800. IMHO, it's as simple as that.
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Depends on the situation. The f/2.8 points (and f/4 points, to a lesser degree) are more accurate, but also slower. So, AI Servo AF actually uses mostly f/5.6 sensor lines.
Even my old 1D mk1 AF was fast and accurate. it just worked.
The tech manual doesn't warn against shooting handheld, but it does encourage shooting with a tripod to reduce motion blur due to the high mp, they are basically giving a no nonsense tip. They are actually saying that because they have such a high mp camera, you will now be able notice the imperfections in your photos even more than you used too, so the tripod encouragement should come as no surprise. I can't imagine any camera manufacturer promoting shooting handheld over tripod for any reason.
Here the tech manual for those interested
When will the D800 start shipping? On time, just like the D4? Oh, wait...
So an extra $1500 for improved AF...wow
I think ETTL is fantastic for location shooting, impromptu shooting and when it comes to using speedlights really opens up the door to make things easier, especially with decent off-camera set ups, but I hardly use it. Most of my shooting is studio, though when I am using my 580 and Flex, I still tend to use manual settings as well
Always good to hear news about the mythical 1Dx.
wait till the video of the yeti using a 1Dx with 200-400f4L with builtin TC comes out...