I'm an pentaxian since 2009. I had thought quite long before buying my first DSLR. That was Pentax K20D. What did make difference for me? First of all how the camera was designed comparing to competitors. All others in this price range looked very cheap and plasticky. Plus features such as a shake reduction and water/dust resistance. So Pentax was and is the best in my opinion for price/value. Specific interests are landscapes, portraiture, wildlife, macro.