Kirth Gersen wrote in post #16733110
Any views on whether Canon are likely to drive its development of FF systems towards 36mp / wider dynamic range like the D800? I would love to stay with the Canon family- (prefer the ergonomics and user interface) but the D800 is very tempting come the day I upgrade.
They did it's called the 5DmkIII, those tinkering with firmware have shown it does have comparable DR, just held back by Canon (look at Magic Lantern if that's key), and at 22MP, with modern upscaling software very few needs cannot be met for prints, and if you're cropping that heavily it's time to move or get better glass. And by shooting at 22MP instead of 36MP you're not buying hard drives at quite the same rate.
The camera's in their natural state do take to slightly different markets, but put a competent D800 user and a competent 5DmkIII user next to each other and the end result of the images is going to be quite minimal. If you unplug from the now years old hyping of the cameras, or the decades on Canon vs Nikon battle; look at where your investment lies and what will maximize your long term returns, I suspect you'll be happier than seeking out the flavor of the week camera. Not saying don't get the Nikon, just saying you may want to approach the decision in a different manner, setting out a list of needs, then selecting the camera that best suits those needs.