Hi, Jim. Thanks for weighing in. The responses I have received have in fact motivated me to continue with improving my technique. The D7000 is a great camera - a camera that does challenge one's technique. Although I have not abandoned the idea of getting a full frame camera, securing a lens to embrace landscapes has moved to the top of my agenda. There's hidden magic in the D7000 I still have not tapped. A new lens for a specific purpose coupled driven by the goal of improving technique is a winning recipe.