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    through hiking lens

    first of all, congratulations!

    I have never done the AT- but have hiked the PCT many, many years ago. I took a minox 35gt and still marvel at the slides. The one piece of advice (that I remember) was that I always wanted a wider lens- and a very few times needed a long lens. The long lens was usually for pictures of faces- 99% of the time I was wishing for a wider lens.

    Travel light and take your time!

    I am jealous (and old)- when you get to new england send an email.

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    Yeah, come to think of it, hiking with a zoom might get to be a pain. How about a really light body or two with primes.

    Not to incite debate, but for hiking and such I much prefer an RF kit.
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    Had that same thought, something like FM2 (light compared to the F100 and only two #76 batteries to worry with) and some plasticy light primes like any of the AF-D types.

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    I don't recommend either of the 24-120mm lenses. I've read poor reviews of the D version and have experienced first-hand the poor sharpness of the VR version. My Nikkor 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 is MUCH sharper, and has a pretty good (1:3) macro setting, for a zoom lens. Love the F100. Metering was always spot-on for my Velvia 50 slides.

    Are you going to shoot transparency or neg film?
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    My choice would be 24, 50 and 105mm lenses and a 1.4x telextender. And as suggested - the lightweight AF plastic versions of the lenses. I am just not a fan of zooms: more of a 'fast glass/slow film' shooter.

    Weight is a most important factor for hiking, and I don't know that Nikon makes especially light cameras, certainly mine aren't. The old Canon Rebel was a light weight wonder - though one body may not make it through the entire hike.
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    I had the 24-120 VR and it was not a good lens. Soft, focus problems,heavy etc. I didn't like it.

    If I was going for a hike like that, I'd just get a 35/2, 85/1.8, and some tele lens.

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    Definitely read A Walk in The Woods. Lens wise if you were thinking to carry a converter and change it all the time when you need it you may as well carry two light primes. Zoom with your feet.
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    For a fast tele prime, the Nikkor AIS 200mm f4 is small, light and sharp!

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    While for most long-distance walks I've gone over to the dark side for weight reasons (a D*** P&S), my lightest-weight & most compact walking film kit is a rangefinder.

    Lenses are tiny (I carry 21 + 35 + 90 & sometimes a 15mm), also lighter (though the Leica M6 itself isn't as light as its size would indicate). The cheaper & lighter CV bodies could be a way to go.
    AF, motorized advancement, long lenses & batteries are no-nos on long walks.
    For landscapes & photographing the people you meet you won't need lots of automation & fast frame rates.
    But you *will* feel every gramme you're carrying!
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