I am new here so this would be my first pos, My first DSLR was the d7000 and its a killer camera with more features that you can poke a stick at... I have the 18-105 kit lens witch does the job and is quality for its costs.
Taking abit of getting used to the manual needs some work but then again all manuals do... and who really likes to read those
I have bought a Magic Lantern Guide for it so hopefully will help they are meant to be great.
And yes I would heavily recommend this camera as a first DSLR if you don't mind a steeper learning curve above the cheaper more noobish models
I find the focus points in the camera pretty accurate too
Dual card slots is always a plus
abit more durable due to magnesium alloy back and top
It seems like a d300s but smaller with more features and more upto date tech.
I Am Heavily impressed with mine way more then i thought i would be and would recommend It to anybody wanting a killer camera,
Cheers hope this might be somewhat of a help