zorro, yeah it does sound like a voice over.. kinda like "resistance is futile
So if the dust seals are not going to provide much advantage,what else could be the reason for not getting the k10d?
i mean "doesn't offer significantly better dust protection" is not convincing. especially given that the default jpeg settings can be made as good as the other alternatives.
I don't think there is any specific reason not to get the K10D. I was in exactly your position 6 weeks ago and initially I was after the Pentax too. I read all the reviews and it was by far the best-featured in it's price bracket.
Then I went to a shop to try it out. I hated it. Not as much as I hated the Canon, but it was close. It just didn't feel right in my hand. Of all the cameras I tried the Nikon D200 was the best. Unfortunately it was also out of my price-range. The shop I tried them in didn't have a D80 and so I left in search of one that did. When I did get my (shovel-like) hands on it I fell in love immediately. It had most of the feel of the D200 and most of the features too. Crucially it was cheap enough to allow my purchase of a battery grip to go with it. Now it feels superb. It feels (don't laugh) like a tool. The Canon and Pentax felt like expensive gadgets.
Having said all that, I see a helluva lot of fantastic photos shot with 400D's and K10D's, which leads me to believe that at any given price-point it's not so much which camera that's important, as which photographer. That photographer however, must be comfortable with his chosen camera. This is the crucial factor, in my opinion.
Various lenses, SB800 & Manfrotto 190 with 460MG head