"SoloRider - Looks like I will be trading in my 40D for a 7D and waiting a couple of years for the 5D3 to be released and its price to drop to sensible levels."
"SoloRider - I, for one, would probably have bought a 7D earlier rather than wait for what is now the 60D"
Nick, you have waited a year and the price of the 7D has dropped sufficiently now to sensible levels for you to make the upgrade. ...as the 7D will be around for some time to come, insert a "0" and regard your 7D as the 70D
Think about it, if Canon had released the $1100 60D as it stands and introduced the 7D into the 50D body as the 70D at say $1600 for example (midway between launch price of the 60D and the 7D replacement) would anyone buy it if you can get a 7D now for under $1500?
The 60D had to happen the way it did as the XXXD line is Canon's sub $1000 consumer line and the XXD needed an entry level D90 fighter above $1000.
...Gordon's "rant" has been through this already.
(BTW Gordon, your "rant" was pretty mild to some others I have seen