I walked into the Penn Camera store in Laurel MD at 5 PM, the announced time of the D700 Demo. As I had hoped, most people were still at work and I was only the 3d person there for the demo. The counter was covered with a cloth throw and there were 4 D700 bodies with various lenses attached; the triumphal trio (14-24, 24-70,70-28), plus a 24-120 (?) and one of the swing tilt lenses. I picked up the body with the 24-70 lens and took a quick look. It felt terrific, very solid, marginally heavier than my D200 (it seemed) but all the buttons seemed similar. Really pro feeling to it. As soon as I picked it up, I grew taller and younger and beautiful women in skimpy clothing ran up to press their bubblies against me. The three differences I noted immediately were the small button in the center of the multiway selector, the marginal improved focus-mode selector (at least once a shoot I move it from C to S inadvertently) and a new + button to magnify the image on the Monitor. Speaking of the monitor - large, gloriously sharp and bright, like looking at a hi-res tv. I tried the 24-70 and the 70-200 and focus was incredibly fast even in the marginal light in the store. Once the actual demo started, the representative of NPS starting taking portraits with available light (mix of fluorescent and natural) using both Auto WB and Custom WB and ExpoDisc using ISO 4000. The results were amazing, sharp, clean, damn near perfect. Auto WB was marginally different than the custom WB. The fine jpgs were sent wirelessly to a PC and were printed at 8x10 without further editing. Each fine jpg took about 3 or 4 seconds. The prints were very, very impressive; sharp detail, no color noise obvious at 8 x 10. I got a chance to snap a couple at ISO 6000 and, at magnification, some color noice was starting to show. All in all, the D700 is seemingly as much a leap in quality and build over my D200 as the D200 was over the D70. The rep got sidetracked into a demo of Nikon Capture 2, which seems like nice product, and after ten minutes of that I left to go have supper.