Thanks for alerting me to the rumored D800s, Sam -- I was actually starting to wonder about that too.
Not crazy about waiting til year's end for it though... considering I'd probably be spending an extra ~$600 (or more) for a new body (vs a refurbed one), and the only probable benefit that matters to me would be sRAW (for smaller, downsized RAW files) and maybe slightly better video IQ and capabilities (due to the new Expeed 4 processor) -- not sure I care about lack of AA filter, which is not exactly a high likelihood for a $3K price point anyway. And that's assuming I can even get my hands on one when it first hits the streets, which is no guarantee at all. That plus I'd also need to be concerned about potential new issues that can occur w/ a new model... even though it should just be a minor update to the D800.
As is, I probably won't need sRAW if I'm shooting mostly in 1.2x crop mode for ~25MP (and DX crop on occasion for ~15MP w/ maybe very sparing use of FX when I really want the full 36MP). I'm warming to the idea of using my 17-55 f/2.8 from ~20mm up for 1.2x crop and from ~28mm up for (sparing use of) FX. Certainly saves me from having to spend $$$ on a good widezoom in that range -- and I do still have a Sigma 20mm f/1.8 prime I can use if/when I need FX at/around that focal length.
Also, the sRAW solution, if included, is itself essentially a workaround kinda thing anyway. At some point, one would want to just use the full 36MP RAW more regularly once file size and the PP aspect get worked out in the future -- I did recently buy a new Core i7 PC plus a good 256GB SSD for this reason afterall... And sRAW probably only makes all that much sense if/when shooting in FX mode anyway, which means getting a new widezoom to match sooner than later, instead of using my 17-55 f/2.8 for the forseeable future.
At the moment, I'm seriously leaning toward just picking up a refurbed D800 before taking the family on a short spring break vacation a couple weeks from now. And waiting til year's end for what will likely be marginal benefit just won't do w/ so many opps before then on top of the couple times or more I'd probably need the extra body for video shoots before then...
And who knows? Maybe Nikon will be nice enough to offer a firmware update that includes sRAW (and a couple other new features or minor improvements) even though the D800 will still only have the Expeed 3 processor in it -- Nikon has done that before when a new "s" model is released, so it's not exactly far-fetched...
Well, I guess it's good to have pretty firm idea when the D800s will likely arrive (and the probable, minor improvements). Then I won't feel a need to wait any further for it... though all this begs for me to wonder what Nikon will do for the rumored D7200 that may arrive around the same time as well...
Just another amateur learning to paint w/ "the light of the world".
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