Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Moore
Does it have to be Nikon? You can pick up a manual-everything Minolta set-up from www.keh.com (Minolta X700 and 50mm f/1.4) for $100 in Bargain condition (which has always been closer to mint than bargain for me), go up to ~$225 total and you can also get a wide angle and a telephoto.

The X700 gives you the option of full auto-exposure, aperture priority, or full manual everything. Why does it have to be a new camera? Go back a generation to the manual focus cameras from any of the companies (Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Minolta) and you'll find what you are looking for.
Good point, the Nikons' prices are kind of inflated. I just chose them because Mark was looking at the Nikon new, so I didn't even think to look at other brands. The X700 is a very nice camera and I always here good things about Minolta glass.