I have to say this rumor about Nikon’s September 15th announcements sounds too good to be true. If it is true however, it will position Nikon very well against the most direct competition. I mean Canon and Zeiss in particular.
The D7000 presented by this rumor looks really terrific. It’ll squeeze Canon tight with their 60D, which now has to compete against higher metrics of quality with only a tilting LCD and 6% more linear resolution. This is not the first time that Canon’s mid-range makes a lackluster showing immediately upon launch, recall both the 40D and 50D. I continue to think that Canon’s culture (I perceive: “what else can we remove”) is interfering in this market segment, and Nikon’s (I perceive: “what else can we add”) is helping. I'm eager to believe this rumor, but I doubt the physical characteristics (100% VF, metal body).
A 35mm f/1.4G AF-S would put a lot of pressure on Zeiss, who just announced their own 35mm f/1.4 lens. If this is going to go down the same way that the 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses did for both players then Zeiss is going to lose three in three. This is going to be one to watch closely if the rumor is true. I’ll make my prediction now: Nikon for the win, all fast primes in the set (24, 35, 50, 85), with a reservation on maximum available resolution (recall the 24mm review).