Nikon is forging ahead as fast as it can against Canon after giving a ton of its users to Canon in the 80s and 90s. It's all digital now; why would Nikon (or any other mfg.) allow a chance that their premier contest is going to be won by a film-based entry? Especially if that entry was made with a technology they're trying to abandon. Even more, if that entry was made with products that they no longer make, or made during the period their users were abandoning them in a flood to the competition? A period, now gone, when they were the king.
This sucks, I agree, but you can't possibly be surprised by this, can you? Really?
Surprised? Not really. Pissed off? Oh hell yes.
No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.