If I were to classify myself on an arbitrary scale of photographic skill, I'd be positioned at the part where "he use manual settings on his DSLR for fun but would probably get better results most of the time if he used automatic!" Well okay I admit most of the time I use aperture priority mode on my Nikon D60 which is cheating a little ;-).
A sign of the times though is the fact that I'm starting to get less excited about new computer gadgets as I do when I find out Nikon/Nikkor has a new lens coming out. Paroozing the Nikon website I confirmed what the British Journal of Photography said, they're releasing a new 85mm prime DX lens!
Despite only being able to manually focus on my Nikon D60, my favourite lens is still my AF 50mm f/1.8. Aside from when I want to take nature shots from afar with my 55-200mm, prime lenses offer sharpness and speed that us amateurs can take advantage of despite our limited skill :).
Unfortunately the price will probably be far too high for someone like me (about £500!!!) but I'll be keeping my eye out.