The N60 is a consumer line SLR that has a smaller feature list than some other bodies...but it has a decent rep as a carry around body that ya don't have to worry about. But check the feature list since it may not have stuff ya would like to have (mirror lock up, depth of field, and a few others). JM The Chicagoan Nikonian
The Nikon F60/N60 I find is actually built a whole lot stronger than the cameras that replaced it (F65/N65, F75/N75). It does lack a few features (most notably AF-S lens support, multi-area autofocus, and depth-of-field preview button but it is a great all-rounder and one of the last Nikon consumer-level SLRs made in Japan.
>The Nikon F60/N60 I find is actually built a whole lot >stronger than the cameras that replaced it (F65/N65, F75/N75).
There's a reason for that - it was the last consumer Nikon with a metal chassis. All the others that followed it (N65/N75/N80) are nearly 100% plastic.
The N60 is a great little Nikon. My brother uses one for family snapshots. Mated with a humble little AF 35~70mm f/3.3-4.5 lens, it takes great photos.
The only serious shortcoming (as a consumer body) is the lack of AF-S support, which means that most of the current Nikon zoom lens catalog is manual focus only on that body. But with older lenses, it's a nice little combo.
Go for it ... Just check if AFS and VR are supported if you intend to use these.
If you want a one of the lightest film cameras that support AFS and VR the F/N75 is it. I am planning to pick this up in silver color so I look like any other amatuer.
As a camera, all one need is just M and A and S modes. It AF so that is great, it has also film advance as well. What else do we need. Sure its not a F100 but then for film work that may not be a priority.
I am writing this after I have read the D700 release notes. I have a D70 that I got in 2004, at the time it was the grand finale, pre $1000 camera deal of the century blah blah. But they just get better and better and til now 2008 I have not got another digital camera.
I particularly like the AF cheap film cameras is that, they are cheap and they really have all the essential features as a F6 or a D3 - they AF and auto meter and they auto load film and advance and wind. So what else do we need. They support TTL flash. The cameras are so light and portable and cheap, to provide equal images.
I'm saying this after I own 2 used film cameras - Nikon F100 and Fm2n. I also have a Canon EOS 3000 or 88 (diff region). Seriously I prefer the Canon because its just so light and it has all the features I need. Its a touch lighter than the F75. That even has manual ISO override. So one can push and pull film. With the F75 I would just need to resort to DX stickers. The F80 or any other cameras are just a bit too large and heavy even thou they have builtin manual ISO.