For some reason, I had the mistaken belief that the N80 and N90s were part of the pack of the cheaper 4-digit Nikon SLRs that were perhaps outsourced from Japan in the 90s. Then I did some homework, and saw that the N80 had received some very good reviews by Phil Greespun, Thom Hogan, and Ken R and that it had become part of Galen Rowell's kit. I went to a local store and held one and it did impress me as a kid brother to the F100. I like the rubbery texture on it and on Nikon's more recent cameras. I ended up ordering one from KEH that was listed as LN-, a fairly uncommon rating by KEH, where, as you know, even stuff rated Bargain tends to be in good shape. Yes, the camera is light and plasticky, although its rubber skin, hints that it is fairly robust. I understand that it not completely sealed against the elements, but neither am I. My two biggest complaints are that it does not meter with manual lenses, and that it does not have mirror lockup, but that may be asking too much of a camera whose target audience will be mostly amateurs, like me. I find it compacgt, light and fun to use with lighter lenses. It is a natural fit with the 50mm f/1.8, and I recently bought a used 75-240mm AF-D f/4.5-5.6D for the price of $39.50. It is light and plastic, and doesn't get great reviews, but in tests with my Nikon D300, it performed well enough for me. Last week we had a rare few days of clear blue skies, so I loaded the N80 with a roll of Fuji 160pro negative film. I went first to the Museum of Flight, a world class museum adjacent to Boeing Field, which is in Sout Seattle, but about 10 miles north of SEATAC. I took some outside shots which I will show here. And then I head for Snoqualmie Pass on I-90 which is one of two passes through the Cascades that are kept open in the winter. The elevation of the pass is about 3000 feet and it has several ski areas. I have been reading about the very cold weather east of the Rockies and all the snow in the midwest and east. Although Seattle is about the same latitude as Quebec City, we haven't seen much snow here this winter and out temps have been 40-50F for most of the past month. One of the reasons, I wanted to get some snow shots in addition to thier beauty, was that I wanted to see how the matrix metering handled snow, and whether the result would be a gray cast. The one lens I used was a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AF (non-D). I took several other cameras along but that will be the subject of other threads. The first photo will be of a couple of Navy planes outside the Museum.