I never took the time or expense to experiment with different exposures and speeds on my 35mm SLR. I'd like to be able to use it full-manual, but don't want to go through the trouble of possibly-ruined photos. :mrgreen: But now that I have a digital camera full manual modes (full, aperture priority, and shutter priority), I can use that to learn how to use the manual settings on my 35mm. I can also teach my mom, who has always wanted to learn. You may ask, "Why not just use digital all the time?" Well, I really prefer my 35mm, especially for artsy shots. So now I can have 2 cameras that, together, suit the entire range of my photography needs.