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<This. My bet is the D400 never happens.
The D7100 has 24mp, a 1.3x crop ability, dual cards, the same AF system from the D800/D4, and "D800 level weather sealing".......this IS the "D400".....
The fact that everyone still wants a D300/D700/D800 size body, faster frame rate, and a deeper buffer means NOTHING to Nikon....they've already release their flagship DX body.....deal with it.>
Nathan, I don't know if we will get a D400 or not. I've been reading threads here and over at Nikonians for more than six months as well as some of the blogs. Several say there will be a D400 and several say there won't. I don't know either way as I just earn my money in photography and don't really care. I agree with you that Nikon will most likely chase new FX formats because they will bring more money. Most shooters use RAW and of course 36 mexapixil sensors are a plus. I shoot both RAW and jpeg. The density of the D7100 works fine for me and I've made prints as large as 30x40 inches.
Most are clamoring for a DX Pro sized body but don't use DX Glass. My weather sealed D7100 with grip is large enough and since it has the same sensor as the D800 and 51AF area mode with a density in pixel strength that actually matches the D800 the only draw back would be the buffer. As for the buffer, I use Extreme Pro SD cards with a read write speed of 95mb and if I'm shooting moving subjects like BIF or sports I generally do what the sports pros do and shoot jpeg. basic at lower megapixel and perhaps 1/3 crop and can shoot 25-35 frames before the buffer binds up. Is that enough? For me it is. Now if walking around with a D7100 and an AF-S 70-200 f2.8 doesn't look professional enough for some OK. Go rip of the guy who looks more professional.
Nathan BTW before moving to Richmond VA I lived in Deerfield Beach, FL.