I know this topic has been beaten to death but I still have a few questions. I have an old Nikon 8008 and 3 AF lenses that I bought with the camera. I also have an SB24 flash and an even older sunpack basic auto thyristor flash. I am interested in going for a D50 or stepping up to a D80. Can I use any of this old stuff. I know the flash won't be TTL so I would need to use it in manual mode. Not a big deal, I'm a big fan of bouncing my flash. I understand the lens situation in that my 35 - 70 zoom will be more like a 52 - 105 mm but the lack of metering confuses me. I will basically have to figure out the apeture and shutter speed? Will the auto focus still work?
With all of these losses it levels the playing field and going nikon provides little advantage.