Ok. Thanks to various comments in this forum, resources on this site, and other reviews, including DPReview.com and Shutterbug, I've pretty well done all the research I can. I have been using a D60, which I like. I also use a 1V for 35mm film and am familiar with the layout of the camera (I am using this body as a proxy for the feel/usage of the 1Ds).
My main reason for the upgrade would be to obtain larger image files, both for bigger prints and for cropping ability. I can't see how higher resolution isn't better, period (but have seen tests where the 1Ds will produce artifacts at the edges with wide angle lenses--same problem as 35mm).
Have we now established that Canon's latest offering, while an improvement over the D60, is not competitive with the 1Ds? It seems so to me, but I would welcome comments. I worry about two things. How long will it be before the next version of the 1Ds comes out. Lets face it, a sensor that determines horizontal or vertical orientation would be nice. Other little nits would be addressed. I'd hate to spring for $8000 and then see a new camera in a month. Also, I'd love to hear specualtion on any upcoming price drop.
Sorry to obsess over equipment and rumor. One thing about digital, though, "this year's equipment" is usually substantially better than "last year's". Since I'd like to keep the body as long as possible, I hate to make mistakes.
Thank you for any advice, and for your patience.