Use it properly and the D800/e really supplies the goods.
Use it with lesser lenses and you still benefit from superior low noise performance.
I've been getting satisfactory overall IQ with the 70-200/4 VR handheld even in poor light.
.. As long as it's not too cold. The VR seems to freeze up after a while if it's well below freezing outside. Nikon rep reminds me that it's really only a "consumer" lens after all. yep... guess so.
I've been a little disappointed to see how much resale has dropped on D800s recently. Was hoping to recoup some cash for other uses by selling one of mine but now I doubt it's worthwhile. May as well get another year or 2's use from it. The little d5100s have held their value better as a percentage of initial purchase price.
Added a Pentax K-5 IIs to the stable this week. I like it, sort of a super-rebel feature-wise, not the best AF system, despite improvements. It's spot on when it works but it's not as nice an AF system as Canon or Nikon provide, kinda hokey when it comes to selecting AF point and operation. But, it's more than adequate for what I want from it and it fits like a fine glove - with impressive ISO performance at BOTH ends of the scale.