I've actually been very, very pleased with my 6pm *ist-D (well, excepting the stupid, stupid name of the thing), but I've wanted more than 6mp for a long time. I've been using Pentax gear since high school (20+ years), and I was having trouble justifying the switch. Nonetheless, all the heel-dragging from Pentax had driven me to within a few months of tossing twenty years of gear and loyalty into the trash. The K10d announcement came just in time.
I just wish I could get it before Supershoots Las Vegas weekend-after-next. I suppose that event will be the "last hurrah" for the old *ist-D. (After which, I'll never have to type that stupid, stupid name again).
Actually, $899 (with no lens) isn't too, too bad for the K10d. Like you said, Christmas is coming. I guess I'll have to withdraw my present request for a new table saw and amend it to "K10d."
Life is too short to live in Dallas. Lee, 12/01/2000