I'm not sure this is the right place to post this -and please note this is not any kind of complain! it's perfectly allright with me! The question is, what does the Pentax K1000 have that it constantly appears mentioned as the first SLR to start learning, the best manual SLR, etc? Sure it's a great camera, won't put it into question (although personally I never tried one), but why it's so insistently claimed as the one to go? why it seems to be TPF's favorite? It's just a mistery to me. In my view, many other cameras (same kind of cameras but from different brands) should be expected to be suggested when new users ask for suggestions, but the K1000 beats them all! constantly! Why not a Nikon FM, a Minolta X-series... why always the same Pentax K1000???