I guess for me, I have and other also have said that we wanted a 5d2 in a 7d body... Never was "blown away" by the 5d2 or it's image, but it was clean, professional, and really had no issues that really plagued it after they dealt with the black dots... The DR from the D800 is a blessing and a curse... It's a lot like negative film, but if anyone remembers film prints, printing photos as is with enlarger, film and paper, your pictures really looked dull. You had to use contrast filters, some up to 5 stops, to really get punch out of your photos the effective DR... Shot to hell. Color negative film made photographers in a way lazier because they made up lack of contrast (you couldn't use contrast filters on color prints) with color shades and hues so you really had to boost contrast in your scene or you weren't going to get it in print. Like V8's observations, i find the D800 to be too flat looking... Nikon users are going to have to either add contrast to the scene in post or in camera... and if they do it in post, i'm sure they'll quickly notice all that lovely noise creep into their images, even low iso. While the IQ wasn't earth-shatteringly improved over the 5d2, I have noticed more leniency in low iso... you can raise or lower exposure in post and not get the noise that you would before. For those who do a lot of photoshop work, that can be very key.