Lens dilemma - Everest Base Camp trek

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Lens dilemma - Everest Base Camp trek
Jul 9, 2013

I'll be making the trek to Everest Base Camp this November, with a priority on photography. Some of my kit I have locked in; some I still can't really decide on.
At this stage I am planning on taking an RRS TVC-24 tripod, BH-40 Ballhead, RRS Panoramic head, Nikon 70-200 f4, two D800 bodies. That's all I have decided on for sure.

I can't quite decide what other lenses to bring. I want to bring my Zeiss 50/2 for panoramic stitching but I am quite concerned about the dust up there - Zeiss lenses have no sealing. Similarly, for a wide angle I'd love to bring the Zeiss 21/2.8 but that dust issue rears it's head again.

Other wide angle options are the 16-35 f4 (don't love this lens until it's on a tripod and heavily stopped down) or the Nikon 24/1.4. The Nikon is 3mm longer than the Zeiss, but fast, autofocuses and is sealed to dust.

I will have a porter carrying my main pack so I will only be taking camera gear. I'd like to keep the set to three lenses if possible - the telephoto, a normal length lens for stitching and some sort of wide angle.

Nikon 24mm wide enough? Dust going to be a real issue? I can't make up my mind

Would love to hear from anyone who's been.

Nikon D800
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