Wow. Such great potential. Too bad it all seems to hinge on one guy. I hope he's merely super busy and things pick up soon. I definitely understand the super busy part. Sometimes, something has to give. At least the ML community didn't donate a 5D3 or something!
You know, owning the SL1 and 70D both reinforced for me the point that reading reviews and actually using something are totally different. I blew off the 70D when it was released and figured it was a minor "60Dv2" kind of deal. After using it I found the 70D to be a great upgrade and essentially what the 60D should have been.
I owned about 4 or 5 40D cameras as I bought them, used them and sold them to friends who wanted a good DSLR for themselves. All of those friends still use and love their 40D cameras. I skipped the 50D for good reason. The 60D wasn't bad but I was never that impressed and I shot about 24K images with it. The 70D, OTOH, did impress me after only a short time and I will eventually own another I'm sure. The 70D, to me, is the next xxD Canon camera that I would buy and sell over and over to friends like I did with the 40D. The bang for buck and versatility of the 70D really impresses me. At this point, if I went broke and had to sell everything to live and keep just one camera, it would likely be the 70D.
Oh, and if I did have to sell everything to live, based on this thread topic, I'd be sure to ask the CR members for a donation!!