Randy - You obviously have a valid point. I have used for many years the excellent Tokina 12-24 with D70 and D200. However, I believe the weight penalty of the 14-24 is often exaggerated considering the IQ you can obtain. Case in point: a D300 plus Nikon 10-24 weighs roughly three lbs, while a D700 plus 14-24 is about four lbs - in my opinion this is hardly a "deal breaker". For people who are concerned about the weight of their equipment, they might want to consider an entirely different system, e.g. a P&S or the slightly more expensive Leica M9.