Currently I'm planning on buying a new camera, from a decent point and shoot to a dslr. I also own an old film slr (Pentax K1000), therefore I understand the basics of manual functions (aperture, shutter speed, stuff like that. Hopefully I know enough because I don't want to appear like those silly teenaged girls that get dslrs for christmas and shoot in Auto only, and put like "-name- photography" in their images through MS Paint. Quick rant over).
I want to buy a dslr from either Nikon or Pentax. I own a really nice SMC Pentax-M 1:2 50mm lens which I would like to reuse on a Pentax dslr, and my grandpa is very knowledgeable in photography, especially within Nikons, so I'd prefer either of those two brands. Sadly I can't buy super expensive cameras (maybe max $800?) because it's not me that's buying it.
Soo, I'm thinking that maybe a Pentax K-R or a Nikon D5100 would work. I've tried out the D5100 and it's pretty good, but I haven't tried the K-R. I've had my eye on the K-R for quite some time but I can't really know how good it is until I really try it. I'm looking for a camera that feels really solid in your hands, heavy almost, and some reviewer said that the K-R feels really small. :c
Although, I also want a camera that I can grow into, one that will last me for a long time, in both condition and in my level of knowledge. Hopefully that makes sense? :3
Sorry for the moderately big explanation, and thanks