Canon EOS1 camera bodies, only one with a drive to save weight.
1 unit Leica M6 camera body with winder.
1 unit Canon 580 Speedlight.
Canon 14/2.8 L
Canon 17-35 2.8L
Canon 28-80 2.8L
Canon 85/1.2 L
Canon 1.4 extender
Canon 2x extender
Leica Elmarit-M 21/2.8
Leica Summicron-M 50/2
Leica Summicron-M 90/2
Leica Summilux-M 35/1.4
Leica Elmarit-M 28/2.8
Chargers, batteries; 60 rolls of Kodak Ektapress colour negative film. A Monopod. And a Tenba Pro Pak camera bag.
I was amazed how I managed to lug all those gears around! But then I was much younger...
Now into my senior years, my travel are just for pleasure and holiday. Lugging around a heavy DSLR and lenses is not holidaying! Physically, I cannot do it either :(
Therefore, way back in 2010, before we went off to visit our eldest daughter in London; I have decided a good travel camera will have the following quality:
1) It must be relatively light weight.
2) Take interchangeable lens.
3) Digital, with video.
4) Larger sensor than a point-n- shoot.
5) Able to shoot RAW.
This was what I took with me to our 2010 London and Europe trip...
Total weight of the three item, 1.2 Kg, which is not bad considering I have coverage all the way from 14 mm ultra-wide to the longish digital zoom of the G9!
That was then, this is now... on our recent trip to Melbourne, I took with me the following...
OM-D E-M5 with HLD-6 grip (with an extra battery), the retractable 14-42 (28-84 eqv) f3.5/5.6 "kit zoom" and the feather weight Lumix 45-175 (90-350 eqv) zoom.
The one camera and three lenses combo hit 1.4 kg (3 lb). All these were stuffed into a Lowepro Passport Sling II bag.
Apart from the gear, I can also put some small item in this versatile sling bag
After my first day of shooting in Melbourne, I realised all my shots were done with the 7-14; a few were shot using the 45-175 zoom but none with the kit lens!
I also feel, after hours of walking; the 1.4 kg across my shoulder felt like 14!! I decided to remove two item from my arsenal.
I decided not to take the kit lens, and the HLD-6 grip with me, I kept the spare battery in my bag though. The OM-D is notorious in heavy battery usage!
Without the two items, the total weight drop to 1 kg! That was much more manageable after a full day trot!
What about coverage? The two lenses combo cover seamlessly, from 17 to 28 mm eqv and from 90 to 350 mm. As you can see, there is a huge gap from 28mm to 90 mm! Personally, I am not borther by that "gap"; during our travel, my photography is mainly "shoot and run"... I was always trying to catch up with my general in front ;) the Panasonic 7-14 is ideal for this type of photography! This incredible ultra wide zoom is versatile enough to capture expansive city scape to close-up of local cuisine!
Only an ultra-wide lens can give you the coverage and depth of focus in a shot like this!
So to recap...
At the moment, my "perfect travel camera" is the Olympus OM-D E-M5 with 2 Panasonic lenses, the 7-14 (300g / 10.58 oz) and the 45-175 (210g / 7.4 oz).
If you are worry about missing certain shots because of the "gap", I suggest may be you should also buy and bring along a Lumix 12-35 f2.8 (24-70 mm eqv).
That was my intention before we left for our Melbourne trip, but the high cost of the lens (NZD 1,600) and the extra weight (305g / 10.8 oz) stopped me doing that.