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I'm about to go the same route, I'm picking up a Pentax K-5 iis next week, my first film camera was a Ricoh. S
A friend of mine who is my photography mentor has a K-5 and he loves it. The K-5II is even better. He almost talked me into getting a K-3 and I am not sure I made the right decision in not getting it.
I haven't bought the K3 (yet), but it looks to be a better performer for AWB and metering than previous Pentax bodies.
I use K52s, K30, K10 and I find the metering is often quite different from every other mfr body I use, and often in a way I find inconsistent and less predictable to compensate. So I waste a lot more time chimping my histograms with Pentax than with other brands. Even then, and even when using full manual, I find I often need to tweak a bit in post.
When nailed, the IQ is excellent, so I've generally only used them for non-action work where I can re-shoot as needed.
Pentax lenses are another odd thing compared to others; their test results are usually not very impressive but the resulting images are generally pleasing.
Pentax users are often quite avid about their equipment and I can often see why from the results I've obtained with my gear. (Tho I'm wondering about the results I'd get using a Sony A72 with K-mount adapter instead)