Summary: In late 2009, this was a good consumer DSLR. Takes great photos. 12.3MP is more than enough for 99% of the photos most people shoot. It records 720p video, but doesn't autofocus during video capture. Also, the video file sizes are enormous because it doesn't use mpeg4 encoding.
Summary: I bought the body because I already had a 50 mm lens that I want to use. I wanted to see if my old Nikon lens would really work on the new digital bodies, it did but it only works in manual mode. So my assessment would not be fair to the new digital body.
Summary: I was a little disappointed that the battery charger was 110 only. All other camera battery chargers are 110/240. Becouse of this, I will need to take a converter with me when I travel. The camera itself is great. I use it as a second camera.
Summary: Equipments: Nikon D5000 + Nikkor 18-200mm VR II Experience: Amature Usage: 1 Year 6 Months Clear your mind and remove all -ve thoughts about this lense. JUST BUY IT. Use it and then you will realize what is the potential of this lense.