I was just wondering cos Canon seems to be making an effort to bring the cost of their semi-pro cameras (50d) down but Nikon doesn't seem to be trying.
I suppose Nikon can afford to get away with it as the D300s has equal best or the best feature set and IQ in it's class but it would be nice if they were more affordable.
I think the D300 and 50D are aimed at a different market. The D300 is clearly aimed at serious photographers while the 50D is still useful for people who like to make snapshots. That's why I find it so difficult to choose between the two. Canon offers affordable pro lenses but not the pro DX body and Nikon offers the pro DX body but not the affordable pro lenses.
I would much prefer the next X0D to be at the same price range as the D300(s) if Canon offered full weather sealing, 100% viewfinder, etc., like we see on the D300(s). But I don't think Canon wants to lose the X0D customers who mostly take snapshots and who don't want to pay for those kinds features.