#1. "RE: Just picked up a D7000" In response to Reply # 0
Home and have taken some snaps of the kids.
Phenomenally happy. Small and light camera and not as nice in the hand as the D2X (or even close), but comfortable with all of the 12-24, 24-70, 50, 70-200 and 200-400 and I expect will be with all my lenses.
And the image quality... WOW. I was delighted with the D2X for five years, but it usually needed some minor work in post process to get the best out of it. By comparison the D7000 images are richly saturated, high contrast and great dynamic range straight out of the camera (14 bit RAW). And the ISO is crazy good - time for some natural light photography I think!
Autofocus is also a sinch, and doesn't seem to have the same learning curve I had when I moved from the D70 to the D2X.
I have no doubt at all that this camera is going to make me very happy until I'm ready to jump into a pro body again (which is just a matter of time). And for a general use body, the built in speedlight, loss of built in vertical grip to save size/weight, video and full auto functions are actually a bonus - the wife loves it!
Frankly, it's a comsumer oriented camera with a proper grip and enough features to keep someone used to a pro body from tearing their hair out. Genius.
#2. "RE: Just picked up a D7000" In response to Reply # 1
St Petersburg, RU
Congratulations on the new camera! I suggest that you get the optional grip. My D90, about the same size(a tiny bit smaller) and lower weight, went from a little small for my hands and 70-200VR to being great handling when adding the grip. For balance, the only camera I think feels better is the D3. I flog it every weekend in clubs and events for 6-8 hours for hundreds of shots mostly with the 70-200, 85 1.4, 17-55 etc and the combination feels great, balanced and fits my hand better than a D300/700 but it does weigh more than either of those also so your wife might not want it mounted when she uses it. At least try it in the store and see if it does not transform the camera into a different animal. Stan St Petersburg Russia