Thanks for the suggestions!
The Live View option will mostly be used by my wife until she gets used to using a DSLR. I am eager to learn how to use all of the manual options on the D5000 for I am a techie and love to learn as I go. I know that the types of pictures I want to take will be challenging and that will part of the fun and frustration of learning how to get the most our of my camera. I think the D5000 will be a great camera for me.
My only question [for now] is if the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Telephoto Lens is worth the extra $300+ compared to the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom Lens? It is a lot heavier and my wife will probably not want to use it or like using it.
The reviews of the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Telephoto Lens do not sound like it performs any better with night time action shots, especially for the extra $300. Sounds like it will get me a little closer to the action but the lens is not any faster nor does it do any better in low light situations.
Anybody have any experience with both of those lenses?