Really really south...off tomorrow to Peru for 10 days of birding and photography! I've been pretty swamped at work pre-trip and so haven't been on the forum all that much, but I hope to have more time in the fall. And I'll certainly post some Peru shots! We are going to a cloud forest lodge for a few days, where there should be amazing birds, bugs, and some specialties like Cock-of-the Rock (national bird of Peru); and I hope to finally get some hummingbird shots. I am going to "steal" my husband's D70 specifically for the hummers, so I can take advantage of the 1/500 flash sync. (The D70 will also serve as a back-up in case of any problem with the D100). Then, we will spend 5 days in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. If anyone is interested the full itinerary can be seen here: www.jczinn.com/peru05.htm I am taking the D100, Tamron 90 macro, the 80-400VR for birds (of course!) and for general/scenery, the 17-35 Tamron and the 24-120VR Nikon. I am opting to leave the Nikon 12-24 at home. Is that a mistake? I just find that lens hard to use, for some reason. You can't use it with a polarizer (easily) and when I look at the shots I've taken with it, most are at 17mm and higher anyway. I am planning to try some panoramas, if I want that extra wide view. There's still time to change my mind on that, however!