I'm a beginner, but a beginner that has done an exhausting amount of research and feels that I have the very "basics" of camera lingo down.
What I lack is hands-on
A: I would go with neither, I would buy from either http://adorama.com or http://bhphotovideo.com ..both are well established and well respected, where most pro photographers buy their equipment. They offer competitive pricing and excellent warranties.
Nikon D5000 12.3-MP DX-Format Digital SLR Camera Reviews
Nikon announced today that the All New Nikon D5000 12.3-MP DX-Format Digital SLR Camera is available for pre-order now, and is expected to Begin Shipping in September 2010. Nikon D5000 Digital SLR (D-SLR) has powerful new features including a 14.2-Megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, Full 1080p HD Movie capture and is powered by the new EXPEED 2 Image Processor, all packed into an even more compact and lightweight body. The Guide Mode has been enhanced further, as well as the built-in help and automatic functions, all of which will satisfy your photography needs, desire to take better pictures and will help you grow, leading to repeat business. The D5000 includes the venerable 18-55mm VR Image Stabilized NIKKOR Lens.
Remember the D3000? It promised and delivered incredible pictures, incredibly easily. This winning combination resulted in huge sale of D3000 camera. The Nikon D5000 DSLR is even a step ahead and carries on that winning combination to the DSLR family cameras. Here’s a sneak-peak and a review of features of the upcoming camera.
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Bought my first lens for my Nikon D5000.