Yeah, you missed the boat on the panny, it was 699 in January, after 300 dollar rebate. B&H, and a few other places were selling it for 999 and posted rebate forms. A number of people confirmed they got the 300 rebate money.
I did go for the pro8200 for 650 new because of 3 year warranty, and 6,000 bulb life compared to 2,000 on panny. And I checked the price of bulb replacement. I just didn't feel comfortable only having 1 year or 500 hour warranty, now they did change it to 1 year or 2,000 on bulb life for warranty. Good luck , maybe the price will come down.