-The price and versital lens selection (being able to use any pentax lens)
- The history of the company
- The use of 6 AA batteries vs a $95 doller battery
- genuinely liked what pentax had to offer
My opinion here is that:
-old Pentax lenses are extremily rare & some of them,have really awful quality (I tested a few FA-s)
If you have a suplier or a reliable source for these lenses,that's awesome. I wouldn't recommand Ebay for this.
-Pentax was a name in the film era
. In the digital world today,they have much more to acomplish to become opponents of greater brands
- batteries will drain faster
- no doubt,the K200D is a very good camera at that price tag,much better than flimsy-er built cameras from other brands
Nevertheless,it's a wise choice for a begineer-friend-camera.
The K20D and K200 both offer more features than their counter parts. The rich feature set, build quality is much more of a value than the Nikon or Canon equivalents. Period. There are plenty of good lenses to be had, some made by Pentax, some 3rd party.
If you're going to become a professional photographer, then I recommend Canon or Nikon because the system as a whole supports a pro better than Pentax (I need tilt/shift lenses for example, which are hard to come by in Pentax). However, if you're a hobbyist or a serious amateur, the Pentax will not limit you, and with the money you save on a superior body you can buy better glass.