Sadly, Jessops had no discounts on anything as far as I could see, just some understandably miserable staff, and from what I later understood, all stock was returned to the suppliers. However, rather like finding Christmas day bereft of presents, I felt cheated walking out of Jessops empty handed and returned home fixed with the idea of buying one. Finding one that seemed exceptional value on line (I've still not seen it as cheap since) I snapped it up. I can genuinely say, it's changed my life.
This remarkable level of detail has so many advantages. While some photographers object to cropping pictures, in the D800 you have so many pixels to play with (36 million) that cropping still leaves you with a picture that can be printed out at half a metre with more pixels remaining than Nikon's flagship D4s. Landscape pictures can be turned in to portraits and remain above minimum file sizes required in most professional usage. Of course, I wish I got the composition perfect in camera every frame I have ever taken but I haven't. The D800 allows you that ability to recompose after the event.
It is truly a wonder-camera performing above even the highest expectations from landscape to urban to macro, and I love it more than I ever thought I could love a camera. If there are downsides, it's worth noting the following:
1) if you are upgrading to a full frame camera as I was, your DX lenses (crop sensor lenses) are as good as obsolete. Meanwhile budget lenses on a D800 are (almost always) equally a waste of time and money. Put another way, the D800 body is only the start of what you'll be spending if you want to really get out of this camera the best of what it can offer as you'll need a whole new cupboard of lenses.
2) Only a month after buying the D800 I felt compelled to upgrade my PC also, as my old PC was simply incapable of handling the huge file sizes generated by the D800 (RAW files are around 40MB each). Meanwhile I've filled about 2TB of hard drives over the period.
3) I've taken some great sports pictures with the camera but it's not a sports camera.All that detail takes time to process and even the high speed shooting rate is just 4fps. Keep your finger pressed down and after about 3 seconds, the buffer starts to fill and the camera can splutter to a halt as it plays catch up.
Budget issues aside, these are otherwise minor issues in my view and the speed and memory rapaciousness is the price you pay for every frame recording so much detail. For sure it's overkill for most people's needs but if you are serious about photography and your budget permits, this camera will blow you away. And while all the above is simply my view, almost all of my pro photography friends are now using the D800 as their camera of choice and they all seem to love it as much as I do. Less than half the price of the D4s, while it is still not a cheap option, in many ways it is underpriced, and worth every penny.