Why is there no semi-affordable FX camera optimized for shooting action?

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Why is there no semi-affordable FX camera optimized for shooting action?
8 months ago

Once upon a time, we had the D700 at 8fps w/grip, very good AF, decent buffer size, great durable build and around $3000 for a great FX action camera.  It was/is owned and shot by many amateur and pro sports photographers (particularly those who shoot indoors or at night and need the high ISO performance of FX).

Then, Nikon split the FX product line into the D800 and D600.  Neither of these would be called a camera for serious action.  The D800 has it's obvious limitation of 4fps at full frame and the D600 doesn't reach 8fps and doesn't have as good an AF system.  While some people shoot action with these, they aren't really optimized for it as much as the D700 was.

Yes, there is the D4, but at $6000 that's beyond the price range of most.

So, why did Nikon decide not to serve the needs of the FX action photographer who can't afford a D4?

Do they not believe there are very many people who shoot action who would buy a camera optimized for shooting action?

Do they think the D600 is "good enough" and anyone who used to shoot with a D700 will be happy to shoot with a D600?

Do they think crop mode on a D600 or D800 somehow meets the needs of these action photographers?

Have they simply not been able to make a 24MP sensor go 8fps with low read noise?

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