I hope I'm not cutting (in)or cutting anyone off - but I wanted to add a reply to this one; Hi ibis - you bought one of the best cameras out there.Take heart - but take courage AND CONTROL TOO. Nikon realized their machanical error/possable error - in my opinion, ALL D5000'S before this repair HAVE to go back.I would think this is an embarrisment to them (and a great cost-forget about profits!!!!)- but I do believe they ARE DOING AS WELL AS POSSABLE WITH THIS LARGE RECALL.Bet they will get the cameras back quickly to the people.I put mine (my 4th copy) in the mail Friday the 24th (July),I truly expect to get it back by like 8/7/09. Now for the metering (check out my D5000 threads);at least with THIS SLR (D5000),maybe ALL SLR's ...metering , I think , let's say - is much more exact/sencitive.Therefor ; give yourself time to master this SLR metering thing.I been used to prosumer point and shoots...one shot useually dose the trick...NOT SO WITH SLR's...(MORE PRO FOR PRO RESULTS ... WITH PRO KNOWLEDGE APPLIED). Now if the metering on ALL D5000's is off (as you were instructed in your class - yours was way off)then that will explain alot for me.,what I been doing is...take the first exposure at my best guess then plus or minus exposure.Note; the D5000 is a camera trying to do alot.Also for SLR's to have live view/swivel screen is fairly new too.Wish I could have purchased a future model-with all the kinks out NOW... ! OK , with this camera you CAN do awesome photography...but it is NOT WITHOUT ALL THE REQUIRED EFFORT(practice).For me ; in general - I need to add sharpness and decress saturation...find best results for what I am trying to do. Hope we get them back SOON - with the kinks OUT.You are not alone(in this disaster)-let's hope for the best and do our best! Cheers ! , Larry Oh,Nikon's quality control may be slipping (I returned two copies each with a dead pixel,another person in our threads had 2 dead pixels in his D300 !!!,one for electrical),SO DO CHECK CLOSELY FOR DEAD PIXALS.