Welcome plone to the Camera Labs forum!
5. Bjorn van Sinttruije!!!
Owner of the thread above!! Someone has to stop him! You are breaking my wallet! (Fantastic thread m8y)
Don't say that please! I've been in bed for more than a week now due to a serious flu, haven't done this little posting in months!
My thoughts about your questions:
1) No, don't grab that opportunity to cancel. If there's gonna be a new model in March, it's more likely to be the A700's replacement, so that will probably not be something you're waiting for. So it would only delay the fun of owning a DSLR.
2) Do you really need a case that stays attached to the camera? I think a small shoulder bag would be a lot more comfortable, just get the camera out of it when you want to shoot some photos and leave the bag hanging on your shoulder (with some accessories, the Sony leather case couldn't hold those).
3) I agree with popo about buying a second battery. You really can't live without one if you take photos a little more frequently than the average camera user.
4) Since you seem to have a good budget for lenses, I'd be looking into the Zeiss 16-80mm and a 50mm f/1.4 for those low light indoor shots. The money you'll have left might be a good start when saving for a telephoto zoom such as the 70-300mm G or even that amazing 70-400mm G!
- Bjorn -