I love my Canon gear for sure. But the Sticker price shock is wearing me down too.
Now I'm keeping a much closer eye on the competition than I ever did before, including bodies and whole systems. I can't say that I'm going to jump ship, but a few years ago even the thought of considering it never entered my mind. I guess I was confident that Canon would always be the best value gear (FF) for me. But the competition is fierce in every arena today, and Canon needs to to go all in to stay ahead.
I think the game changer will be the Sony FF NEX system. It just leaked that the A58 will be the last SLT model. That can mean only one thing- they learned well from their success with the RX-1. FF A-mount mirrorless is on the way. It'll be interesting to see how Canon and Nikon react to that. I expect Sony will implement a global shutter as well, so no more rolling shutter for video people.
I was personally surprised how good the image quality of the NEX-7 in combination with an 18-55mm is. Maybe this would be an lightweight alternative for mountain hiking. Half of the weight of my Canon gear. 24MP and an very ggod image quality. And I can use filters too