Hey guys, this is my first post and I'm relatively new to the world of dSLR - I used to enjoy photography with my father's old 35mm (Pentax!) and I've been using a Casio P&S which is frankly a POS, so I've decided to upgrade! I haven't held the K100d since there aren't many mainstream stores (Circuit City, Best Buy, etc.) that carry them - but I like the shake reduction (I'm tired of blurry pictures) and the fact I can get the pancake 40mm lens for daily use. The K100d seems to retail for about $350 for just the body to $599 with the lens kit. The pancake lens is about $250 at BH. So all in all, I'd spend around $700 here. I like the 11 point auto-focus lay out, versus the Nikon's scant 3 point auto-focus grid. I HAVE held and messed around with the Nikon D40 and am keenly interested in the D40x, which would come to about $700. I realize that it has more megapixels than the K100d, but I don't care about that, I'm more concerned with picture quality, ease of daily use, portability, etc. Any opinions from Pentax or Nikon users? I'd probably get a Nikon VR lens if I were to get the D40/x since I'd rather not risk more blurry shots from my apparently shaky hands! Thanks!