>Thank you folks for the replies and assistance. My test >images were done with a 35mm f1.8 lense with both bodies >settings the same (sharpness, contrast, etc.) tripod mounted.
Same settings does not mean same end results when comparing different bodies and this is an area you can also be having a bit of issue with. I came up from a D80 to the D7000 and found that I needed a much higher sharpening setting with the D7000 than I was satisfied with on the D80.
Nikon tweaks each successive new model and as such the same Picture Control settings you used prior with an older model may not give the same acceptable results with the newer one.
There are tons of threads dealing with sharpness and AF-fine tuning with its plus and minuses. As such I am going to refrain from posting my thoughts about it here.