You warned of this before Anthony but I thought I could resist, be austere and all that with my manual lenses, but the only one I had any luck with was the 55micro.
I spent so much time trying to get focus I couldnt concentrate on composition or exposure. My eyes arent what they used to be and dear as the D700 is I do wish it had that focus screen in my old FM.
I broke down and picked up a 24-120 3.5 VR for $250 and instead of helping it broke my resistance to the bug. So far Ive had great results with the lens and as I said the auto focus is so fast I have to keep checking to see if it actually worked.