This was prompted by a comment from David Bonn on a different forum.
If you are after a top of the line digital camera, with a really sharp and wide lens, take a close look at the Sony R1. Disregard all of the negative comments on the net about it, they always come from nerds that have never used the camera. you simply cannot buy a better digital camera/lens combination for the money.
with an even more opinioneted comment than usual