Carolyn needs a new dslr ..she complains that my files (m8/D3) just look better than her Leica V-lux 1 files. She is more dedicated than you might expect shooting maybe 7-8000 images per year ..mostly travel logs . She makes a book after each trip and we do about 6 trips a year. She uses video and makes slide shows that include video clips for maybe another 5-6 events per year. So she has about a project a month . She uses Aperture on here MacBook and takes a weekly lesson at the Mac store.
Weight and size ..she can handle any of the DX bodies ...but has to go with a lighter zoom (I can barely carry the 24-70/2.8 on D700 and have gone to primes.
So we have narrowed this down to the D90 or the new D5000. Both have video and the new sensor . Cost of the body isn t really a factor as they are only a few hundred dollars apart. Either looks like a fine choice. I would buy the D90 for the closer to 100% view but she likes the flip screen for getting lower camera angels.
The zoom lens is much more difficult...the kit lens is good and cheap ...looks like we can have the 18-55 or the 18-105 .
She doesn t want to with a 4/3 alternative primarily because she wants a bigger file to allow cropping etc.