Every summer I look forward to backpacking trips in the Yosemite high country. Last summer I mostly used a Nikon D300, a compact yet sturdy metal Gitzo tripod, a 17-55 2.8, and a 105 micro. One frustration I have with nikon is that their quality lenses are mostly large heavy 2.8 designs made for photojournalists or photographers that need speed. Yes I understand this is the market - most nature photographers don't make the money that a well established wedding photographer would make. I suggest that stimulus money goes to Nikon to develop great compact lenses with the landscape photographer in mind ( remember the 70-180 macro?). If I find the right DX wide angle lens (maybe the 10-24 nikon???), I might try using my 70-210 AFD 4-5.6 and my 24-50 AFD - Yes Bjorn gives this lens a crummy review but I find stopped down it is plenty sharp. Keep in mind all of my images are shot between f8 and f16. I'm curious what other backpackers have found that works for them.