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zuman Registered since 04th Jan 2006
Tue 25-Jul-06 08:51 PM

I'm heading to Madagascar in six weeks and am trying to pare down my equipment list, as I'll be doing a fair bit of hiking.
I'm taking my D2x, because it's ultimately relaiable and rugged, even though it's heavy.
I'm taking my 10.5mm because it's so small and lightweight that it's a no-brainer.
I'm taking my 28-70mm because it's versatile, fast, and good IQ.
Now...do I take my 85mm 1.4? On the D2x I can use it as a short, fast tele, and it might be nice for some botanicals.
And the big question...do I take my 70-200mm 2.8 and a 14e, or my Sigma 80-400? My copy of the Sigma is extremely versatile and (I believe) sharper and faster-focusing than the Nikon 80-400, but it's no 70-200. And it weighs 1750g/61.9 oz!
The last question is off the lens topic (but relevant because of the image stabilization on the long lenses): Do I bother with my tripod? It's a Manfrotto carbon, but the Arca Swiss ballhead really adds to the overall load.