Hi guys I'm about to travel overseas in October therefore would like to seek advice from some pros to get a DSLR. I've had limited exposures to DSLR before, I snapped some shots for my company's magazine using Sony A200 DSLR (company camera). I used to work as a Sony cyber-shot promoter, get to play with a few Sony DSLR too. I like the user-friendliness of the Sony but picture quality not the best I have seen. I also gained abit of knowledge here and there from my friends' Canon 550D and Nikon D5000. I consider myself a beginner at best. Most of my shots would be 70% portrait, 20% landscape and 10%. Recently tried out the Pentax K-r and Nikon D5100. I like the canon 550d's user interface but really dislike the plastic body. I can't quite touch on it but the canon 550d feel clearer when viewing from the view finder than the Nikon (pls pardon me maybe I did not adjust the settings). The Nikon d5100 has a solid body, it gave me a firm feel, like something I can put my trust on but the learning curve for user interface may take a little longer. Pentax K-r has a good feel and easy to learn user interface. There are also colors to choose from. Red, blue, yellow, purple, white and etc. The color alone got my gf very excited. She wanted for me to get the red body. I am thinking to also get a pentax DA 18mm - 135mm WR len for zooming and portrait shots. I understand that pentax has it's limitation too. There are not as many range of lens as compared to canon and Nikon. My budget is $1400 at max. I also hope to get a CPL filter, extra batt and screen protecter. I will purchase this or another brand/model by July. Thus I need to be able to learn as much as possible. Oh and the price vs performance ratio for pentax is difficult to beat. Pls enlighten me is this a right choice? Need some advice, please. Thank you.