>Regarding the learning curve - the D7000 Nikon manual is a >bit less that adequate with regard to explaining how to use >the camera. I would highly suggest investing in a 3rd party >D7000 book that can be used as a reference.
This is a good idea. I'll pick up one of these books to get started. Anything that can get me up to speed more quickly will be a plus. I'd hate to have to struggle with my camera instead of spending my time actually photographing things.