Thanks again for the responses guys. Very helpful.
A few more tidbits:
- Yes, I've budgeted out for lenses, spare batteries, etc so that's not an issue.
- Yes, I'm hearing that Nikon will introduce/unveil its next flagship early next year. I'm not in any sort of time crunch so I would probably wait to see what develops in January/Feb. I do, however, like the rendering of Kodak's CCD with no low-pass filter, which is why I prefer my M9s over the pro DSLRs. And in general, I greatly prefer the "look" of MF (micro detail, dynamic range, etc etc), even if I'm not printing big all the time.
- How a camera handles is very important to me. I know that's a very personal thing, but I like to hear what others think nonetheless.