After a lot of deliberation I have ordered the D7000. The review by Ken Rockwell was the clincher for me, saying it's Nikons best DSLR ever! Quite a bold statement from a guy whom I consider not the best photographer in the world, but certainly a fountain of knowledge when it comes to photography hardware.
I actually ordered from Expansys and paid a few pennies under £1150 for the 18-105 kit lens. I'm not too fussed about the lens but it proved too difficult finding a body only in stock (Jessops are asking £1094 for body only so for the 50 odd quid extra I'll have a lens that will sell on ebay for £150-£180). I've used Expansys before, but that was around 8 years ago and I collected from site in Manchester, I had no issues with them back then. I agree though that there's lots of negative comments on various review sites, although the majority do seem to be dated some years ago. Anyway, it's enough to make me feel anxious as I await delivery. I ordered the camera at 3:30pm yesterday and after checking the online order tracking system, it was showing 'held due to part stock availability', the item on back order was the free mini tripod they are giving away (along with a free camera case as part of the 5% Camera11 blacklisted_site). I rang them and they offered to cancel the tripod and dispatch the rest immediately, an offer that I accepted. So by 5:50pm the order was showing as 'shipped'.
Unfortunately they didn't send any courier tracking info, so I'll hopefully receive the item today, but Monday will be acceptable due to the late ordering by myself. Should it arrive today in good working order, I'll rate them highly, and probably the same if Monday is the delivery day. Otherwise, let battle commence lol.
I'll keep you updated on the progress and indeed my first impressions of the D7000.