Not the most brilliant piece in photographic history, but one that makes me a bit proud nonetheless: after much try and error, a nice shot of the full moon, done with my D40 and the measily, plasticy 55-200 VR (quite a good lens actually ):
^ Yeah I know how you feel. Looks bland enough, but I was very happy when I got this with my 70-300 non-VR, handheld (and I have very shaky hands) whilst leaning out a loft window pointing the camera backwards over the roof Not as good as yours though
I think the general thought is that Nikon's capture nx is the best to convert NEF, but it's not as good or comfortable to use otherwise. Adobe camera raw is a decent alternative, and it's the same engine in the Lightroom.