My wife has recently taken up photography. In June 2010, I purchased for my wife the D5000 (with the 18-55 VR Zoom), SB-600 Flash, 55 - 200 VR Zoom and the 70 - 300 VR Zoom.
This was a very large investment (obviously) and my wife has REALLY taken to the hobby. So much so that she is now taking 32 weeks of classes at betterphoto. We go out every weekend to shoot pictures and now we are learning due to actually shooting pics and the lessons. We have come a LONG way in a short time.
One weakness in the D5000 that seems to effect us is the LCD. It isn't a really HIGH resolution display, and when shooting for clarity across the photo, sometimes it is difficult to tell if everything is SHARP. Obviously, another weakness seems to be its video capabilty.
Now, to my questions (THANK YOU IF YOU MADE IT THIS FAR). Is making the investment in a D7000 worth the extra features the camera has? How significant of an upgrade is it? The improved ISO clarity seems very attractive, as do the added pixels and enhanced video capabilities. But, would it be better to move to the D700? And, could I use my current lenses and flash with a D700. I don't know if I need or should move to an FX.
Obviously the less I have to spend THE BETTER, but I can realistically spend $1500 to $3000. It would be her X-Mas present and I would sell the D5000.
My wife seems to really enjoy taking landscape, macro and architectual photos.
Thank you SO much for any assistance you may be able to provide. I look forward to learning a lot from the people here who don't mind helping a beginner become better FASTER.