I'm a pro photographer (weddings, fashion). I just sold a Nikon D2Xs, which was Nikon's top of the line camera for several years before the D3 and D3X came out. I own a D40 and have used a D80 as well. The D90 is by far superior to all of those cameras. It has a much more accurate light meter, so photos are exposed properly more often than not. The rear LCD display has new playback modes that combine a lot of useful info into one screen (less scrolling between playback screen modes). The assignable button is nice - you can simply press the button to make the camera shoot the next photo in RAW (plus whatever image mode you are already shooting in), so you get RAW+JPEG FINE with the touch of a button. The video mode does not offer autofocus, which is a disappointment, but I didn't buy the camera for shooting video. Also, video playback doesn't look to much better than video shot with a Nikon coolpix point and shoot camera. You can really fine tune the color settings for different image modes (vivid, standard, etc.), as well as create your own image mode (custom saturation, contrast, etc.) and give it your own name. The 18-105 VR lens is nice, but won't focus up close (less than about 18"). Not a big deal. The lens has a nice feel to it. I wish it had a metal lens mount, but not a big deal if you're careful with your camera. Also, the distortion is noticeable when shooting subjects with straight lines (vertical or horizontal). The lines will look wavy, depending on the focal length you're shooting with (fixable with PhotoShop). Search the web for this lens, and read Ken Rockwell's review to get all the details. Overall construction of the camera is excellent. It weighs a little more than a D40, but MUCH lighter than a D2Xs. The remote control for this camera is cheap - about $20. The remote for the D2Xs was over $100. Overall, the features a pro would want to access are accessible without having to go into menus. Every important function has a button or combination of buttons that will allow you to change the setting quickly without using menus on the LCD screen on the back of the camera.
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