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First, Thanks everyone for your thoughts and guidance.
@Burningheart: Thanks for the objective assessment. And I know I am going to struggle with the discipline part as I have the 70-200 from both and multiple WA options.
@Scott Stoness: I hear you on the TS but it’s perspective control vs. dynamic range + resolution + detail
I have decided to go with the Nikon+Canon option primarily because of the dynamic range, resolution & detail that the D800e offers. I will just extend the D800e for events (24-70 and 70-200) and "limit" the Canon to portraits (85L and 135L), Landscape/Architecture where Perspective Control is a priority over the D800e sensor strengths and Tele (300L). I will also rethink the Canon body. May just pick up an mk2 instead of an mk3…
One of the risks with the D800e is the tint and AF issue. Hopefully I will have a body free of these issues.
The only redundancy is the two bodies that I have to carry in the kit and the extra WA prime. The rest of the lenses will all be unique in their application. The Samyang 14, Canon 70-200 and the 180L will stay home and retain there factory fresh status until I decide I like what I opted for, at which point I will let them go.
I will also watch out for how the Samyang 24 TS lens performs, especially on the D800E and may pick it up for the Nikon and let the Canon 24TSE go.
As for the argument about Canon releasing a high MP body with an equivalent or better sensor than Nikon D800e, I have mulled over it for long enough. Here’s my assessment:
1. At best Canon will match the DR and detail of the D800e rather than exceed it *significantly*. They are greedy enough to lose the double dip opportunity.
2. Resolution might be higher but it’s not that much of a benefit by itself unless it’s 30% higher and also comes with higher (than D800e) DR and detail
3. I have absolutely no doubt that Canon will skimp on other features on such a body. They will definitely downsize the AF system. They will also opt for lower FPS than add more processing power, etc.
4. And inspite of a chopped feature set, they will price it in the mid/high 4Ks if they want to keep the 5Dmk3 a viable product for a while.
5. Delivery on such a body would be at least a year out (probably even longer) unless it’s launched as a new market segment product so as not to cannibalize on the 5dmk3 (which takes us back to #4…segment and pricing)
6. An all new grip over the mk3, battery and what not is a given with Canon's current business model.
All in all, I believe I can get a good 2 years or more out of the D800E before we see a true competition at a great value (if not lower/equal price than/to D800E ) from canon that will be compelling enough to consolidate.
Feel free to keep adding to this thread, but I think I am ready to move forward...