I am debating a d90 or a d300. I am just getting back into photography. I majored in it in college and since then have used either my old Nikon FE or an Olympus Point and Shoot. I have truly enjoyed my changes to use digital cameras. I was shooting with a friends old Canon xti and was frustrated with the slowness in dark light and the noise at anything lower than 800 ISO.
I have read review after review, and have narrowed my choices to the D90 with the 18-105 lens, or a new D300 with an 18-200 lens. I hike and shoot all along the trail, but have a bad back and would need a zoom lens, rather than an assortment of lenses. My budget is 1500 max., but I do want to be able to bracket and shoot in raw. I also like the benefit of live preview so that I view my histogram ahead of time. Recently I am shooting Jazz musicians at House of Blues and my silversmithing portfolio. Additionally, whatever I but will need to last me a good 10 years if that is reasonable.
I went to RIT and when I discuss histograms and bracketing some people wonder what the heck I am talking about. So if you could help me with the selection of my first digital camera, I would appreciate it. Thank you.