The D800 has certainly changed my opinion on Nikon. Although imo, the 24mp of the D600 is probably the sweet spot for most lenses, using the Sigma 35mm HSM 1.4 on the D800 is perfect! I wouldn't have been able to capture my ski photos with a MFD, so for that one assignment it paid off. What's not often mentioned when comparing cameras, is that the broadcast quality video it shoots is remarkably useful. Combine that with the one of the best lenses ever (85mm1.4G) and you'll get stunning results.
I've never looked back when I sold my H4D/40, I got more for it then I ever expected. Nikon has converted many potential and current MFD users that this could replace or be a viable backup camera for professionals without an insane amount of investment. Canon is sure to follow with something cool, and Sigma's "foveon" sensors are getting the respect they deserve too. It's a good time to be a photographer.
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Seems that some feel there are smaller alternatives - see : VIERI BOTTAZZINI PHOTOGRAPHER'S BLOG: THE AMAZING LANDSCAPES OF ARRAN, SCOTLAND
Interesting to see the rapid developments - must be hell t be a camera designer ah the moment.