let me also point out that back in 2000 when I got into digital, I bought a Canon D30 (no, not a 30D) and Nikon didn't have a competitive product. When Canon came out with the 1D and then the 1Ds, Nikon didn't have a competitive product.
100% agreed Jim.
The next issue is the one of does it do the job you need it to do.
Absolutely! That is kind of what I was trying to make in my summation. The 5d III does EVERYTHING I need it to do - and really well. I think that there has been a communal sense of existential angst because the D800 is such a good camera. However, that does not mean that the 5dIII is not an excellent tool. It is - in all respects - a better camera than the 5d Mark II....but it is also $1300 more comparing brand new bodies...so you would expect it to be better.
PS Glad to see someone else learned to make a living with the D30!!! LOL, those were difficult times and yet it was so amazing because it was all so new.