High resolution does not improve artistry though, but that's not the point. I just like to have the best tools I can afford (assuming it gives visible improvements compared to cheaper tools).
Exactly, i agree completely on all counts. Hey, I still have 6 boxes of 4x5 tech pan in the freezer, and powdered technidol, so anytime I want "the ultimate resolution" - whatever that may be, it's hard to beat good ole tech pan and a g-claron lens.
but the issue becomes, at least to me, do people notice anymore? i still shoot 4x5 (was in the darkroom just two nights ago as a matter of fact), but even there, despite the fact that T-Max and even Ilford Delta is incredibly sharp and fined grain, I like the "look" of plain old Tri-X better, which is not nearly as fine grained as those other films. Some people notice the difference between a print I made off a 4x5 or even my 8x10 vs an old 35mm or a digital SLR, but a lot do not. So in these days when the economy is in the crapper and every cent counts, there has to be more to this camera than just extra MPs to justify the cost.
One reason people buy the D3s or the D300s is they are built like tanks, will take serious use and abuse, and for sports shooting they have processors that will allow you to smack in 6 fps without overloading the buffer, which is really my only grumble about the D7000, and a minor one at that. I even see some of the news guys around here using the D7000 now. So I was hoping to hear specific examples of how people find the bigger frame and higher MPs directly useful.
The other issue too, if people want to get into technical details, what kind of computer power are you going to need to handle 36mp raw files? I just brought my computer back from the shop today for upgrades I find I am having issues with. The processors run so hot not only did I need extra cooling fans ( I was even offered the option of a water cooled CPU), I can darned near heat my office in winter with just the computer turned on. At the rate things are going, someday we will all have computers with more ram, storage space and CPU power than NORAD or the NSA.
Don't get me wrong, I would love to own one of the new D800s, just based on rumor alone, but practically, with the way the economy is around here (Ford last month just shut down a major plant, throwing hundreds out of work), Nikon or Canon are going to have to do a better job showing me why I need a better camera.