Eric. Thanks.. I'll go with your advice but perhaps, in parallel, do yet more experimentation with View NX2 just to make some comparisons. I've been working in the CS3/ACR for a number of years so it feels more comfortable to stick with what I know. However, if I found significant benefits by changing I would. Of course, I'm only using the DNG Converter because my ACR can't support the D7000.
So much to learn, so little time and I haven't even started looking at Movie mode.