Clicking some tabs it lists Pentax k-5 as one that would suit me.
That one offers quite a lot for the money. I read a test about different sensors and the K-5 was listed as the best crop frame camera if you just look at the sensor. Where do I have it...? Ah... here it is: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essay ... eras.shtml
Additionally it offers some great features like weather sealing, 7 fps, RAW button for quick change (I'd really love to have something like this!), built in image stabilization and you can use even very old Pentax lenses if you want to. Great features. You might want to compare features and price to the Canon EOS 7D and decide what you prefer.
If I had to begin without any equipment I'd probably start with Pentax instead of Canon.