N90 was my 1st autofocus Nikon body. I was very reluctant to go to any type of automation. I liked being in total control and it gave me a sense of accomplishment when the pictures came out the way I planned. The automation took that control away from me and I never really felt the same about capturing a nice shot.
I still feel that way to a large degree. I now tend to say that the camera takes good pictures. Whereas before with full manual controls I believed that I took good pictures.