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Why cant we just get a semi-pro body with the same sensor as the D4 (not even D4s), and same AF?? Just like the D700 was to the D3....36mp and a crippled sRAW system doesn't interest me in the least...
Nikon is being run by a bunch of idiots lately.
Because those bodies cannibalize too many 'pro' body sales. If there was a camera with the D4S sensor, AF, and 8FPS in a D800 body, they would sell far less D4S'.
That is what happened with the D700/D3. There wasn't much need for the D3 when a D700 with grip was 90% the same from a performance perspective, at less than half the price. Customers loved it, obviously, but it isn't as good for business. At the end of the day Nikon just wants to make money like any other company, and I'm guessing they have ran the numbers and found it to be more profitable to not have a camera that cannibalizes their D4(s) sales, rather than offer a "cheap" D4S at less than half the price and 90% the performance.
Obviously many people would love a camera like you describe, but for whatever reason Nikon has likely determined it is not as profitable to go that route.
If you don't like sRAW shoot 12 bit compressed RAW to lower the file size a bit. Storage is dirt cheap and computers that can rip through D800 RAW files are inexpensive these days, so I don't think even a true small RAW would be overly popular.
Personally, I think they have a very nicely rounded lineup with the D7100, D610, D800, and D4S. Something for everyone, and all top of their class.
My ideal camera would be a D610 sensor in a D800 body with 8-10 FPS and the D4S AF system. It would own the market. Sell them for $2999 and call it a day. I'm sure Nikon could build one with ease - but it would cannibalize D610 and D4S sales like crazy which is likely why we don't see something like that.
I'm pretty sure I will end up with a D800S, or whatever they call it, it's pretty close to everything I could ever want.