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A 50 f/1.8 AI-s weighs a few ounces Peter. ONE MF lens means you can post on this thread. Perhaps you can borrow John's 45 that weighs 120 grams. You're not going to do better than that weight wise and from we've seen of his work, it is a stellar lens. Then you can post something more than a link on this thread...
here are the real world numbers, from the digital scale, caps attached, some lenses have a filter on them. Tell me what you'd take... I like to shoot extremes, but know that most of the time it'll be somewhere in the range the 24-85 can cover.
14mm f/2.8 570.0g (Rokinon - great for night skies and anything extreme)
20mm f/3.5 253.8g (proven lens, compact, wide enough, not good at night)
24mm f/2.8 286.8g (don't really use it much, rather carry the zoom)
50mm f/1.8 234.4g (would hate this lens knowing I could have brought the f/1.2)
55mm f/1.2 440.7g (love the rendering, but not really relevant for most shots up there)
85mm f/1.4 550.0g (Rokinon - tack sharp, had to focus, not that much better than the zoom)
105mm f/2.5 445.8g (the only long MF I would consider as an alternate to the long zoom)
135mm f/2.8 625.0g (too much extra weight over the 105)
300mm f/4.5 1095g (incl tripod collar - not gonna happen with a lighter 70-300 VR available)
600mm f/4.0 6180g (not gonna happen)
the AF team
24-85mm VR 486.1g - great all around lens
70-300mm VR 790.0g - pretty big and heavy for a lens with infrequent use on the trip
taking both AF lenses means 1276g
taking 20, 50 f/1.8 and 105 is 933g, but the range is limited at the long end, no VR, and I want the f/1.2 if I go with a 50
one set of lenses I am contemplating is
14mm, 55mm f/1.2, 105mm - total 1456.8g or
14mm, 24-85mm, 55mm 1497g
D600 with grip and one battery, tripod plate attached - 1205g,
D600 no grip, no plate 885g, but when my three batteries are dead, I am screwed. The grip allows AA batteries to power the body when the EN-EL's are dead. I could bring a charger, but there are few opportunities to plug in and when there we don't have time to wait through three full charges.
Benro carbon tripod with ball head and arca clamp - 1220g - no head and clamp is pointless as it removes the easy leveling. Without that I can just as well use a rock pile as tripod.
My son is no help - he saw I was at 35 pounds base pack weight including 8 pounds for the camera gear and went "didn't you carry 55 a few years ago?" Yeah, but not with a 20+ mile per day schedule and 8 days of food, which still go on top of that weight. I want to keep things under 50 pounds on the worst days (those with the most food in the bag)