Well, another year using the D5000 has passed.
The camera has taken over 43,000 pictures.
The camera and kit lenses are doing fine.
Shooting into or nearly into the sun causes the biggest problems for the 4 cm2 sensor.
On most Friday Night Flys, I taken the much smaller Canon S100 and am still
very happy with the results. But when it's time to do a higher quality shoot, the Nikon
is always chosen. The eyepiece viewing is still the best by far for composing a picture
and the Canon's lack of this feature is annoying in all ways except for the smaller body
size allowed by having no eyepiece.
Still no dead pixels, although the occasional red or white pixel when shooting at night
or into the sun does happen.
All in all, money well spent for this 1.5 form factor DSLR.
Admittedly, post-processing in Adobe Elements™, is still needed for best results.