(On Technology versus art). Four months later (was it really that long!?) I found myself going back on that decision. The 50D is a fine camera - of that there is little doubt; but the more I read the less convinced I was that it would address the main shortcomings I perceived with my existing setup (the EOS 20D).
The clincher was finding a second-hand EOS 1D Mark IIN in my local camera shop. I had read a lot about this body too - but once I tried it out I was hooked. It has the same pixel count as my 20D - but in almost every other respect it is better. Fast, reliable auto-focus and its impressive shooting speed were the main draw for me. Having made my mind up and bought it I have also been impressed with the colour rendition and the auto-white balance. On the downside it is bulkier and considerably heavier, but on the whole I am happy that this (now elderly) machine is a significant improvement on my existing camera. Now all I need to do is stick to my plan for the year and get out to take photos more often!