I started photo school with a Nikon F2s, way back in 1987. I used 3 prime lenses: 24mm f2.8, 50mm f2, and 105mm f2.5. The viewfinder on the F2s is large, bright, and 100% full frame. My prime lenses were all early scalloped non-AI dating between 1959 and 1968. The focus element was very smooth on all the lenses and could easily adjust in a very fine-grain manner. With a max F-stop of f2, f2.5, f2.8 a lot of light came into the camera making manual focusing easy and clear.
I still use those lenses on my Nikon Digital Pro cameras. However the viewfinder is smaller and darker, making fine-grain focus harder to see. Yet, these pro cameras have a range finder focus feature on the bottom left that shows if the focus is correct. It shows < 0 > when the circle is lit, then the image is usually in focus.
I have a Fuji S3 pro. The viewfinder is much smaller and darker. It's hard to see what is in focus. Furthermore, I use the Nikkor 18-55mm on the Fuji. In manual mode the focus element is very light and fast which completely ruins the possibility of fine-grain focusing. And also because the maximum aperture is 3.5, less light gets in to see when I'm in proper focus. The Fuji has a dot without the arrows. But I can't visually confirm if the focus is correct.
With the Fuji and the 18-55, when I'm using manual focus, I frequently have to "refocus" the image on my computer.
Recently I bought a Nikkor 300mm F4.5 first generation lens. It's a lot of fun! I shoot it with the faster shutter action on the D2hs. It's great for shooting birds and dragonfly's! Long distance doesn't focus very well but the image compression is always fun. With the DX sensor, F4.5 - F5 is always the sharpest photo.