As a former D2X shooter, I thought the camera had a tendency to lose higlights. Bright white break water would be a great test of this. Have you had many times where blown highlights were an issue?
I now have a D200 and am trying to talk myself back into a D2Xs as I miss the focussing abilites. I am looking for input from folks who appear to shoot a lot of subjects with bright areas in the frame and see if overexposure is much of a problem.
Greg, I am not sure how to answer this except by example. Did you feel that the highlights in the surf shot I posted above were blown out? I am sure I pushed the histogram to the limit as I wouldn't want any detail in the foaming edge of the wave, and the reflections on the wetsuit are just reflections of the sun.
How about another example. This shot had the setting sun directly behind the model, as I was looking for a very bright halo effect, I exposed for the bright background and use a strobe for balance. Doesn't the sun burst still seem to have enough detail to be a bit yellow/gold? I personally don't consider this blown out.
Does this help any?
BTW, I looked at the D200 long and hard before I got the D2Xs, and to date am still quite pleased with the decision. I also always felt the AF on the Xs was superior my yards to the D200. IMHO.