K-30 & Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Lens

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K-30 & Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Lens
Oct 2, 2012

Hi,

I did a search & couldn't find this info (or not easily anyway & it's getting very late here). I'm travelling to Nepal on the 15th October & am considering getting a DSLR to take along. I'll be wanting to take pictures of the landscapes, buildings, street scenes & people I think. Currently I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10. I'm looking at the Pentax because I had one before (it went with the ex) & I like the idea of the sealed body & the AA battery option.

I live in Perth, Western Australia & online shopping is much more economical, but time is short for shipping, so I need to make a decision ASAP.

I saw the Pentax K-30 Digital SLR Camera Body and Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Lens for AUD $899 online. It's AUD $779 for the body only. Does this seem like a reasonable price, or is it a really poor lens? It seems like a wide range like that would be good, less to carry & not having to change lenses while out & about.

I had also considered a Canon SX-40 or similar, but an SLR would allow more options later, such as a good zoom if I make it to Africa next year!
Any opinions welcome, please be gentle, I'm a beginner!

Pentax K-30
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