>In the final analysis, images from the D7000, edited in the >free View NX2, blow away anything I was able to do with my >D90. But I just can't get past the fact that many images >exposed properly in the D90 without any compensation >adjustment, while not a single image comes out of the D7000 >(when it is set in the factory default condition) that does >not require post production exposure work.
Nikon can't win...
Nikon's "mid-range" cameras (like the D7000) have historically attracted complaints of under- or over-exposure. Nikon tend to react to consistent criticism by adjusting the exposure algorithms for the next model - but then of course those who liked the previous model the way it was will not be happy!
My view is that all these cameras - the D7000 and before it the D90 and D80 - are working as Nikon intended. I don't expect a firmware update will be issued to change (note: not "correct") the metering behaviour; continuing to hope for one is likely to lead to disappointment. It's better to put some time into using the exposure adjustment feature to tailor the metering to individual preferences - one persons's "underexposure" is another's "perfection"