$3000 for body
$2000 + to upgrade computer
$400 on hardrives
$400 on CF cards
wow! a lot of big assumptions being made here and based on those assumptions some very big dollar upgrades
Just bought two external 2Tb drives (Samsung) for equiv $300. As I rigorously go through and delete the not so good photos I dont want to keep I reckon I could get well over 2 years worth of 45gb files on them (sync'd)
I couldn't reckon on a new computer - mine is a 4 year Core 2 Duo that still does the job, and even if does take longer on each file, as a hobbyist that means I wont have to rush the cup of tea I did 550 file adjustments in less than 2 minutes in DPP.
If DxO or something simillar is being used it then perhaps a faster workflow would benefit.
Bring on the best IQ and the biggest mp, providing it is an improvement I will upgrade when it is convenient
For me at least, there may be a reduction in processing. As a landscape photographer, the larger MPix may
mean less pre-processing, photo-stitching, post processing to get the image size I'd like to print (I print up to 36inches wide at the moment). Also, photo-stitching only really works when there aren't moving elements in the image (I do seascapes, so this can be an issue), so the rumoured 46mpix could be a one-shot solution for me. And coming from a film/transparency perspective, the cost of medium format film ($15-20) and processing ($15-20) for 6x17 images, and their subsequent scanning (anywhere from $50-90 per frame) is become far too restrictive (ignoring the film supply may dry up). These scanned files can easily exceed 500MB.
So for me personally, these 2 new offerings hit the mark. Whatever the final products are, we will get something truly fantastic, and something I can work with either way.