One more thing - I let one (nice too) slip through my hands... and started to look at the camera I originally wanted to get - a NewF1. Basically its a factor of at least 2.5 -3 X the price (without any goodies like the AE finder, motor drive, etc - whi are NOT a must have for me)... and I'm not even getting mirror lock up!
I have studied the New F1 quite a bit, and now I am wondering if I want to spend that kind of money since that EF has been such a surprise... I guess its a "would ya? type of question to any who cares to "philosophise" on the issue. Thanks again, everyone has been so great with the input!