Handholds are an important thing. So are the placement of dials and buttons, screens, and DOF levers, displays and a myriad of other features that lure us. Thing is, while nice, the good photographers can take anything and make a hell of a picture with it no matter the brand or camera. It's an inside thing. My feeling right now is give it a month and see if we dip back into recession. Maybe there will be more deals.

Btw, my A1 with motor winder which gives me a vertical shutter button to boot is a large piece of real estate for a such a small stand alone camera. You could get off cheaper till you find what genre you like. Who knows, it could be LF.