The FE is one of the best cameras Nikon has ever made, period. The FE accepts a number of accessories, such as optional focusong screens, data backs, and motor drives. The FE will mount all Nikon F lenses, which is something the far more expensive FM2 and FM3A can't do. The FE features a match needle meter, which is more precise than the LED meters in other cameras. The meter in the FE reads off the film, so if you are using the camera in auto mode, you will always get a perfect exposure, even when shooting at stars. If I were to recommend a camera to a person who wanted to learn photography, the FE would be my first choice. Even if the price were $200, it would be a relative bargain for the amount of camera you get.