E1pix, how hard is Lightroom to learn? I've heard nothing but good things about it, but having invested a lot of time becoming moderately competent with Photoshop, I am reluctant (and lazy) to step to the very bottom of yet another learning curve.
Re: Learning Curve: MAN, I hear Ya! Don't blame you a bit, technology is making all of us rather tired.
I gotta say, of late I have so much backlog of scans to do, keywords to apply, software to learn, a massive stock website to build, on and on and on (still awake?), that I'm the last to be all that eager about jumping on to something else to re-invent my life and workflow yet again. All this only to preface and pre-qualify that I'm right there with you....
I'd say it's far, far easier than Photoshop to learn, and certainly to use. And so much faster I'm spinning! The first day I launched it (last Thursday, I think), I perused the tools and basic structure within an hour or so. Almost all of it intuitively. I opened some dummy files (duplicated to then toss after testing) and jumped right into the menus and started learning the Healing-Clone Brush. As with all this nonsense it was totally different than what I'd worked so hard to learn (PS, on and on and on) I wasn't pleased right off. I'm a "get it done" type, and have to be, not a "work for a week to learn how to later get it done and get back to real work" type.
All that drivel stated, I dusted 700 images in a long day. Today I impeccably color-corrected about 250 of those in maybe 4 hours, and I think they look better than if I'd done them in PS. With time and technique I see no reason to not be able to correct maybe 1,000 images in a day soon. Some differences between LR and PS are this.... Lightroom does not alter or embed anything into the file whatsoever. The files are entirely worked on in RAW format (I'm a LZW TIFF from scans guy), so keep information lost if converted to any other standard like tif. The corrections, dusting, everything, is saved as a set of commands within the app, not within the file. There's no file opening, or saving, or layers adding to file size, the original file size is unchanged regardless os the amount you tweak it.
Photoshop, even in Layers, does degrade an image because it affects pixels. Lightroom works with Luminosity, a hard concept to grasp at first, but the file is not "altered" as in Photoshop. The only other app out there I know of that works in Luminosity is SilverFast, but more likely exist. After 8 years of commitment to Photoshop, and Adobe RGB98 colorspace, I will likely do almost everything in Lightroom here on out (except some things PS is still better at). I have also switched to ProPhoto RGB colorspace, as it has far more gamut than even Adobe RGB98, and that alone saved a couple sunset images where the gradation from sun to sky looked like a bullet hole, the ProPhoto had enough extra gamut to make that issue invisible.
My guess is in two years Adobe will launch a photo-specific, broad app called "Photoshop Lightroom" that will combine the two and have database and web solutions in there as well.