Hello Lycra. I recently switched brands, from canon to pentax. Not sure who told you pentax is gone but they are actually alive and well. B&H has the D5100 for $500, and the Pentax K-30 for $585. I ended up buying a K5-IIs but looked at the K-30 at first and it is a nice camera. It has better features than the D5100 and better image quality. I had freedom to buy any brand, including Nikon but Pentax seemed the best overall. This is of course just my opinion but many others agree. Good luck either way.