Which lens kit (not kit lens) to take?

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Which lens kit (not kit lens) to take?
Jun 1, 2011

For a decent length (3month) travel assignment, I have been weighing up various factors - namely cost, general size and weight, and my own personal photographical needs. I find I need a full gamut of shooting options covered (WA, Normal, Tele) and rather use a quality multi lens system then one of the "super zooms" (why get an SLR with the advantage of multiple lenses and only use one? just my opinion). Have compiled 3 possible kits to go with my D90, an SB-700 and a Pana FT3 p+s (for when conditions get crazy!). Any thoughts greatly appreciated:

Kit 1:
Tokina 12-24 f4
Nikon 17-55 2.8
Sigma 100-300 f4
Pros: 3 lenses, nikon best in class standard zoom

Cons: Possibly hardest to get good candids, neither of longer zooms are terribly small, missing portraiture range 55-100mm

Kit 2:
Tokina 12-24 f4
Sigma 17-50 2.8 os
Sigma 50-150 2.8
Nikon 300 f4

Pros: 2.8 from 17mm-150mm very useful for low light (which there will be in markets etc)
Cons: Possible QC concerns with both Sigma lenses?

Kit 3:
Tokina 12-24 f4
Nikon 24-120 f4 VRII
Nikon 35/50 1.8
Sigma 100-300 f4
Pros: f4 from 12-300mm, good unobtrusive walkaround low light lens
Cons: regular lens perhaps long on DX, portaiture aperture?

Any thoughts or changes or recommendations to these kits happily and gratefully accepted! Thanks!

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