I have seen the test photos of the D300 before it was released, but not the D90. I’m still not convinced with the Chase Jarvis' photos of the D7000. However, my decision has little to do with the D7K; it is all about the X1, my obsession with the camera, and the Leica colors.
I exaggerated the final price of the X1 because I included accessories that I did not need for the Leica. The true price is more like $2,150. If I do not buy the D7K and sell the 16-85 it would be the equivalent to $1,750. Will I sacrifice the D7000 and 16-85 for the X1 for $400 extra? In a nano second!
The problem is from the financial point of view. I know that I’m losing my shirt with the X-1. Leica is going to get stiff competition from Fuji (X100) and the score of mirror-less cameras (EVIL System,) including Nikon that are coming in the next few months (some are here, already.) Either Leica will have to reduce the price of the X1 or introduce the X2. Otherwise, the sales of the X1 will be dead in the water. This is not the time to get the X1. However, having crossed the sticker price bridge, I will not return it or cancel the order.
I’m basically a Leica shooter without the resources to get the M8 or M9 and one lens (the 35mm would be the lens.) The X1 is better in photo quality, as I understand it, than the M8.2. Therefore, this is the only Leica that I can afford. I hate to be the poor relative in the Leica community, but the truth of the matter is that I am the poor relative in the Leica community.
With the Nikon D700 and the Leica X1, I will have, for me, the best of both worlds. For better or worse, I’m finally getting the X1, a camera that was a dream of mine, just two days ago. I know that it does not make sense, but I only live once.