Hi all, So my search results on this topic gave me some good insights, though many are from 2004-2005 or so, and lots of new lens options have come out since then. I'm going to the Big Island in September, and am trying to figure out my best lens kit. Shoot a D300. Do not intend to bring a tripod, though might throw one in the bag since our hotels will be all on the water and a nice, long exposure sunset might be nice. But not for carrying around in general. I don't mind carrying around a heavy lens along with fast zooms, but not too many. This need not be a "light" kit. But not too many lenses, either. My first thought is that I tend to shoot either really wide (so the 12-24 Tokina would be my choice from my current set) or telephoto. I don't shoot a ton in between. I could go with all the way to mid tele: 12-25 17-50 Tamron 50-150 Sigma And throw a TC in there for the Sigma if I want to get out to 210 or so. I could also just forego the midrange for a prime (the 50 1.4? 85 1.8? 105 2.8 macro with VR?) and get a "travel" zoom like the Sigma 120-400. I know it's big and heavy, but if it's just that and the 12-24, then I got the extremes covered. I could throw in the 50 or 85 and still be "light." The 105 would make it quite a bit heavier. Again, I know the 120-400 isn't light, but I don't mind if there is 1 lens like that, and it's very versatile. I don't want to carry like 2-3 lenses like that . I have found that there are times when I'd want to go longer, to, say, throw the volcano peaks against each other in a more abstract shot, or zoom in on wildlife. Also, my wife might bring along our IR-converted camera, which would be a very light, IR-friendly lens but would also mean would could stuff, say, the 105 macro in there and she'd carry just that. thoughts?