In the first place, please allow me to thank you for your very informative reply to my post.
You're welcome! Just as you, I was just a dSLR beginner one year ago. The more pictures you take, the more you learn!
Actually, I didn't expect to change my first dSLR camera so fast, but I realised I was asking the Pentax *ist DL more manual control and I wanted to push the limits. So here came the K10D.
Like you, I really appreciate the Pentax K10D and I put it meanwhile on top of my priority list. But on the other hand, I became confused when Gordon while reviewing the K10D and comparing it with the Nikon D80 said
"There were many occasions when the K10D required exposure com-
pensation while the more sophisticated metering of the D80 remain-
I couldn't answer since I've no experience with the Nikon D80. That's the really difficult part when looking for a camera: each camera owner is proud of his/her toy!
So getting unbiaised comparison is not an easy job.
Back to the Pentax K10D, I did experience some metering surprise and compensation need. In such given situations I started to identify (such as the small figurine shot twice in my review), I use the exposure bracketing to avoid lost pictures and/or RAW shooting for post-proccesing.
Gordon also stated "that the K10D is only completely weather proof when fittet with a pricier lens." Which kind of lens does Gordon mean??
Pentax today's lenses (such as 17-55mm and 50-200mm I'm using) are not water-proof.
Pentax has launched two new and pricier lenses, the DA* 16 - 50 mm f2.8 ED AL [IF] SDM and the DA* 50 - 135 mm F2.8 [IF] SDM. Gordon expects to review them if Pentax supplies them to him http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=761
I haven't experienced water-proof camera, so I don't know how effective it is. From my point of view, I consider cameras and lenses as very delicate material so I take grand care of them.
However, you could start and play first with standard lenses and then upgrade to high quality lenses. That's the nice part of an SLR.
One big point to check I would like to emphasise: ergonomics
. How the camera fits in your hands? Is it comfortable? Are the buttons at the right place? Is the viewfinder clear enough? Do you feel confident with it?
I think ergonomics could make a difference between a camera you're going to use and a camera you're not going to use. A visit to your local store could help and answer these questions.
Good luck with your choice and best regards from France!
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