I agree that the SLR's of old were a bit better than today's DSLR's in dealing with manual focus. They used to all have a split prism or some other manual focus aid, and these days, they don't. I purchased a KatEye focusing screen for one of my D7000's, and I'm glad I did. I have one body I can use when I want to manually focus exclusively. Yet, it still functiosn fully for auto-focus. Kind of the best of both worlds. The D7000 is a great camera. Enjoy!