>There is plenty of blue in all three shots. The water and >snow were reflecting a clear, very blue sky. A bit of +eV >would have helped, but I was shooting in full Auto mode and in >the Sand/Snow scene mode to see how well the exposure >programmers had coped with these very high contrast, outdoor >conditions. The NEF/RAW files clean up perfectly, without any >noticeable blue cast at all. All in all so far, the D5200 WB >seems to work quite well.
>>"full Auto mode"<<
I was having some difficulty understanding some of your comments otherwise. I spent a summer shooting with the D5100. Since video requires using Aperture Priority & I was intermittently shooting stills & video, I majored on shooting Aperture mode. It's a little clumsy, but learnable.
Then last year, I bought a D7000. The D7000 will be easier to use with "manual" lenses. Beyond that, the menu, and physical controls are far better on the D7000. If I have to shoot some serious stuff, I'd use the D7000 everytime. In fact, I would use my D300 over the D5100, unless I wanted to shoot video.
As far as the 18-300mm VRII, I have been very disappointed. Way too soft @ 300mm which is what I bought it for. My 70-300VR was much sharper, but doesn't have the range I need for Track.