I've made the decision to purchase a Dynax 7D (European name for the Maxxum 7D), because I already own an analog Dynax 7xi with AF
lenses. These lenses will function with the 7D, but unfortunately the flash doesn't. The image stabilisation is built in the body, so it won't be necessary to buy new IS
lenses. And as I understand from the reviews that I have read, this anti-shake system works amazingly well. You can choose much lower shutter speeds or apertures in circumstances with not much light.
The camera became available in november in Europe and it was indeed quite pricy: around 1600 euros for the body. But at the cheapest internet shops the price has already gone down to less than 1200 euros. I will wait a few months with my purchase in the hope that it will drop further.