Hey Ya'll, Ok, there's no real right or wrong here, just curious if I'm the only one... In the past few years since I've moved from Canon to Nikon, I've found myself playing with a few older manual lenses. When I first got into digital, I had original gone with Canon, as I had been a Canon 35mm shooter most of my life previously, however I abruptly discovered that I could not use my older lenses from my FTb with the newer EOS bodies (a stinkin' shame). Needless that all changed when I switched to Nikon. Since moving to Nikon, while I'm still in the on-going process of rebuilding my working lens collection, I've snagged a few older manual lenses (of various brands) and I've actually had a fair bit of fun screwin' around with them, LOL! Now I do have to say that having grown up with 35mm cameras that were ALL manual...the only thing the battery in my FTb powered was a small on-board light meter...I do in fact LOVE all my electronic goodies. Accept for tricky lighting situations or my astrophotography endeavors and such, most of the time my camera is locked down in AP mode...in most situations I'd rather focus on my subject (no pun intended) rather than twiddle the knobs, LOL!!! That said, every now and again I have found myself playing with these old, manual lenses. So far I've snagged a few, all for very cheap...at a whopping $50, the old Nikkor 50mm was the most expensive. In fact I just snagged an old "Sears" 28-200mm for wow...$5! Sure...it's an OLD department store lens, but it's in pristine condition...no scratches, no fungus, no haze, etc. (I can't wait to get the new D7000 body to give this lens a workout). In a world so dominated by these technological marvels, occasionally it's nice to do things "old school" as well. No...I'm not about to give up my computer and my copy of Photoshop (currently using CS 5.5) to go out and setup a dark room again...I'll never go back to film, but for myself at least, there's something to be said about using some classic tools at least similar to what I grew up with. I guess part of this is simply a way to remind myself (and show others) that I CAN still do the manual thing. I'll even admit that it's REALLY hard for me to pass up a bargain such as you can get with some of these older lenses. The attached shot captured at the Cleveland Museum of Art for example, was taken with my D90 and an old school Nikkor 35-70mm manual zoom... Not too bad for an old fart doinkin' with his toys! LOL! I snagged that lens for wow...right around $30. Because this was indoors in a dimly lit art gallery, yea, I had the ISO -really- cranked, so the the image isn't quite as tack sharp as I might have preferred (due to having to clean up the high ISO noise), but still...for a $30 lens, that's really not bad at all. So with that, again I'm just more curious than anything; how many folks out there are still shooting with the old manual lenses...and what's your reason(s) for doing so? I look forward to the responses .