I'm going to Egypt for seven months on a work related trip, during which time I will have plenty of opportunity for my little photography obsession. Of course I will be taking every lens and back up body I own, but from what I understand, Egypt is a bit sandy so I probably will want a nice zoom lens for my day to day shooting. I'm really not sure what to go with since I have never been out of North America. Anywho, what I currently own (in brackets is the equivalent focal length): Nikon D7000 Body Nikon F55 Body 35mm f/1.8 DX (50mm) 10-24mm DX (15-36mm) 70-300mm VR (105-450mm) Olympus E-P2 Body Panasonic 14-45mm (28-90mm) Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 (40mm) Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 (50mm) Olympus 8mm Fisheye (16mm) Now I don't necessarily need to buy anything, but I am not all too thrilled with the amount/type of distortion on the 10-24, so I've put it up for sale on the local e-market site, Kijiji. Besides, I have a fisheye for my Olympus and love that perspective much more than a regular UWA. 8mm: 10-24mm: Back to subject though. I want a regular zoom for the Nikon, but don't know what to go with. The 16-85 benefits from a nice wide perspective at 16mm and has VR, yet its still a rather slow lens so if I happen to get into a dim market place I might have issues. The 17-55 is nice and fast, but has no VR. Do I dare go with a Sigma/Tamron offering to get stabilization??? Any lens suggestions from people who have been to Egypt? As I said, I'll be there for quite some time so there will quite a wide range of situations I may get into. Hiking up mountains, looking over cityscapes, walking through markets, touring tombs, etc... Thanks in advance!