...but obviously what you/others can afford is what you/others are after and not what I/others/the guy next door own.
So, my comment was not about questioning your financial status, therefore I wrote "Personally"
I know I said I was quitting this thread, but I can't resist making a final comment which I think is significant. Unless one keeps an eye on developments in technology at the cutting edge, one might be unprepared to make a decision when such technology becomes affordable. Technological developments in general should be of interest to all intelligent people because they underpin our civilization and are the way forward.
Future developments in nanotechnology and artificial materials, initially applied to perhaps the telecommunications industry, will probably end up in lenses where the laws of diffraction are circumvented. Such lenses will be initially very expensive and only affordable by people who are plain wealthy or people who run photographic businesses and can amortise the cost.
I'm a firm believer in the economic principle of 'opportunity cost'. A wealthy person, by my definition, is someone who can buy whatever he/she wants on whim; a luxury house in Pattaya; a personal jet plane to fly there; any number of MFDB backs that take their fancy etc.
Most of us, if we're sensible, operate along the principle of 'opportunity cost'. My purchasing decisions run along the lines of, 'which is going to give me the greatest satisfaction?'....A luxury car and no DSLRs and lenses; or a modest car and a couple of DSLRs with lenses? A modest car, a couple of DSLRs plus a P45+ with a few Digitar lenses, but no second house in Chiang Mai or no 'round the world' trip?
This is the reality that most people are faced with. But how can one make such decisions unless one is thoroughly acquainted with the characteristic of the luxury car and the MFDB system which, with lenses, could cost as much as a luxury car.
How can anyone make sensible decisions as to which purchase will give her the greatest satisfaction (or for that matter, will improve his business opportunities) if he is not aware of the properties, characteristics and performance of such equipment?
Do you get my point?