Well, I went to change my focusing screen today and the clip holding it in broke. I ordered the part to fix it, but I think I'm going to go look at cameras this weekend.
Major bummer. My condolences. I hate un-needed/wanted replacements. We just had to buy a new oven. grrr.
At this point, I think I may go for the A7. I'm really looking forward to focus peaking in the viewfinder, and the fact that FF is actually okay at high ISOs. The adaptability of the mount (it'll take my m42 and K-mount lenses) and size of the camera is also really nice.
I'm also sorta considering the 6D and D600, but they don't seem to offer (m)any advantages over the A7, and won't have much to help with MF.
I looked at some m4/3, and the size advantage is nice, but the performance usually leaves a bit to be desired.
The X-E1 looks like a pretty good option, especially at current price point, but the AF leaves a bit to be desired, as do the ergonomics and low light performance.
Also, since I'm not really locked into any system, it's not a bad time to change.
It isn't a bad time to change at all. A couple of things to consider:
I don't know if I would be so quick to write off mft. Its an extremely capable system with some amazing glass. But, you know your shooting habits.
The a7's don't have image stabilization, something I love in my Sony. Its a real winner to have a $150 50/1.4 that is stabilized at every aperture, as well as very sharp 35-105, both of which are now nearly 30 years old. Food for thought.
There is a dearth of native mount lenses, and the ones that are made, while some are (literally) top-notch, the zooms have been under-whelming. The Zeiss zoom is okay, but it isn't in the same league as the Zeiss 24-70/2.8, even if it is an f/4 lens with OSS. However, the 35/2.8 and 55/1.8 are truly amazing lenses, and not priced poorly for the performance at all. If you like primes, you'll love them.
Also, and this is huge, if you buy at B&H, Amazon, Adorama, or the Sony Store, you get $200 off each lens when you buy the a7. I have been very tempted by this, because it means instead of shelling out $1500 for the 35 and 55, it drops it to a more manageable $1100. Not bad for a lens that is OTUS-level of performance (with a touch of CA that PP can take care of) plus a very well regarded 35mm (Steve Huff shot with them both for a week, and declared that the 35 was "something special." I have no idea what he means, but he loved it and I do respect his opinion). You can also use it for the zooms, if you want. Also, they just announced the 70-200/4 OSS, if you need the length.
I would also be tempted to look at an LEA-4 adapter so you can shoot all of the old Minolta glass. But that'd be another $400. There goes the savings from the lenses.
However, I would give a look to the just announced a6000. Its got the fastest AF of any body, DSLR or mirrorless. If that isn't a factor, also consider its essentially a NEX-7 with many of the a7's features. And you would have the same ability to adapt lenses with the awesome focus peaking (I love it with the DMF - DMF will AF and a half-press, like always, but then you automatically can use the phase-detect to illuminate critical focus - its awesome).