I just went ahead and purchased the kit at Best Buy this afternoon. Now I have no use for the 18-105mm lens so I will have to end up posting it at eBay. My first impression is positive. After a few shots taken with a 50mm 1.8, pictures look very sharp although I need to try other lenses as well. I think that this body will serve it's purpose for occassions where I want to travel light or as a back up to my D300. I still will use my D700 for serious photography although this camera will definitely see quite a bit of action.
#2. "RE: I couldn't resist and bought the D7000" In response to Reply # 1
Thanks Ross. It is early in the morning and I am preparing to take the camera out for a ride. I am planning to use the 70-200 and the 12-24mm today to really put it to the test. I am very impressed so far with the features of this camera at just above the 1k mark.
Hope you get yours soon!
By the way, I have always been in love with the beauty of your country.
#5. "RE: I couldn't resist and bought the D7000" In response to Reply # 0
Ross. I looked at your gallery and I must say that I am impressed with the quality of them. There are some in HDR that are breath taking. I am also enclosing my website for you take a look at it when you have an opportunity.
#6. "RE: I couldn't resist and bought the D7000" In response to Reply # 5
HDR, you say? I didn't consciously do HDR but I think its just me controlling the extremes of contrast in some of the pictures. I have found a way to bring to bring up shadows and tone down the skies in some of them. Most of those pictures were done using Picasa!!
Had a look at your website too and I like what you have done. I see you have been to Santorini!! All nice and clear photos. Good contrast range and good saturation...not too much and not too little.
Back on topic, I had a word with my suppliers down here and he said that news on the price and availability of the new D7000 will be coming out in the 2 weeks and I said put my name on the waiting list. Price will be interesting as he said it will be 'quite keen'.