That puzzled me for sure... it's like some guy with a clipboard came into the lab and said, "we can knock $4 off our cost if we eliminate the synch connection and make 'em all use the hotshoe..." (and buy a dedicated flash, too... $$$ )
All the better to sell you AS-15s(at $27.50 a pop), my dears!
N90 if you can find one for your price... bullet proof camera, just look out for dented up shutter blades...
I wouldn't be shy to buy and "ugly" one if it performs well.
I moved up to F100, which is as good as an F5 in my book and LIGHTER.... I shot a lot of film at the time and liked the in-body aperture control of the F100... but the N90s was no slouch and aside from the aperture control that at the time was important to me the N90 is a very nice package.
the 8008 was a troublesome camera for me... owned 4... and they all were in and out of Nikon service from time to time.
Funny. Lucky...I guess. I've had an N8008s for 20m years and not a problem. I also have 3 F90X.
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Glad someone mentioned the N70. That is what I settled on. Being a confirmed manual focus user I had ignored AF for years until it occured to me and my aging eyes that AF may have advantages in some situations (i.e. grandchildren).
Bought a 4004s, then a 5005 (slow AF and couldn't meter with MF lenses) and then a F100. The F100 is a great camera if used often but I don't like the weight and having to relearn it each time. The N70 can meter with AI and Ais lenses and is relatively lightweight.
I have the N65 and an N90s and, for me, the only advantage of the N65 is that it is quite a bit smaller/lighter than the N90s* and Nikon's ML-L3 wireless remote will work with it... and I do love that little remote
Otherwise, go with the N90s. Great camera, killer prices on KEH.