I am headed to southern Italy and Rome in about a month. I have no problem figuring out which clothes and shoes to take, but I can never make up my mind about what camera equipment to take. I am sure I will obsess my camera choices up until the day I leave. (FYI, I am an artist, and picture-taking is always an important part of my trip.)
Here is what I am thinking about taking (in addition to my iPhone) and why:
1) Point-and-Shoot. My trusted Panasonic LX-7 is small and light, has a beautiful fast Leica lens, has lots of manual controls, and can shoot raw. It's a no-brainer that I will take this camera with me. On my last trip, it served me well except for two things --- the lens wasn't quite wide enough (24mm equiv.) inside some of the churches and tight spaces, and the lens wasn't quite fast enough for extreme night work.
2) dSLR. For my upcoming trip, I am thinking about taking my Nikon d90 (crop frame) dSLR to address the two shortcomings -- wide angle capability and extreme low light capability -- of the point and shoot. This leads to some odd lens choices: an 11-16mm (16-24mm equiv) f2.8, a 35mm f1.8, and a 50mm f1.4. I am figuring that I will leave my kit zooms (18-55mm and 55-200mm) and my 18-200 at home. (I really want to take my 85mm f1.8, but I honestly don't think I need it.)
3) I contemplated buying a micro 4/3 camera to take instead of the dSLR, but I decided against it because getting what I want would cost around $2000, and the micro 4/3 would only shave 2 pounds off the weight. Also, the micro 4/3 would not solve my wide angle issue without shelling out an additional $900 or so.
What do you think? Is a dSLR going to be to heavy to carry around? (The camera and 3 lenses weigh 4.35 pounds, and I am not a large person.) Is it crazy not to carry a mid-range zoom if I am going to the effort of bring a dSLR? Or, should I just ditch the dSLR idea altogether?
I would welcome any feedback and advice.