About a week ago I started doing research on Digital SLRs, as I'm looking to upgrade from my old 35mm Minolta Maxxum. I've read a lot of posts and reviews on the Canon Rebel XTI, Nikon D40x, Canon 20/30d, and Nikon D80. But, I really don't want to spend more than $800 initially on a body/lens kit (I know the kit lenses aren't great, I just need something with my initial investment). I won't be using the camera for any one subject exclusively, just want something that will do well with landscapes, and catching one of my many wipeouts on the water.
On paper, the XTi seems to have most everything I want. However, after playing around with it in person, I can't stand the small size and ultra cheap feel to it...I've read great reviews on the camera, but I just feel like it won't last.
I've read a lot of great things about the Pentax (and I love the fact that it is sealed from the elements), but I don't know much about their lenses.
So, to the knowledgeable folks on this board, I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the K10D? Is the in-camera image stabilization functional? Is that an adequate replacement for the motors in some higher end lenses? Also, will I be able to find an adequate selection of good glass once I grow into the camera more?
Thanks in advance for any insight.