I just finished watching a Scott Kelby seminar on photographic composition: Scott Kelby's Crush the Composition - Google+ Photographers Conference - YouTube (It was linked in another thread by another forum member and of course I don't remember from whom I swiped the link so I cannot give credit where it is due ). Mr. Kelby is, of course, a fairly well regarded photographer although his real claim to fame is being an expert in all things PhotoShop. The composition seminar runs about an hour and has some ideas that are new to me and some that are a firm grasp of the obvious. However he made one quick off-hand remark that got my full and undivided attention: "When traveling I take a single 28-300mm lens and it never comes off of the camera" (I may have paraphrased a bit, but that's the gist of the remark). Mr. Kelby isn't talking about when he's on assignment or teaching a class, he's speaking of when he's traveling for pleasure. I did a bit of research and the lens he refers to appears to be this one: Amazon.com: Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR: NIKON: Camera & Photo I had just assumed (without any data at all to back up the assumption) that Mr. Kelby would lug the "holy trinity" of Nikon glass on vacation. (The 12-24, 24-70, and 70-200 f/2.8 zooms). The shock of finding out that he takes a single lens (not even carrying a 'nifty fifty'!) and that the lens chosen is a super zoom was palpable. Ever since my somewhat lamentable experience with a Nikon 18-200mm lens I've pretty much disdained 'super zooms' in favor of primes or at least zooms with short ranges. While not putting my photographic skills at the same level as Mr. Kelby's (I'm fully aware that he can wring more out of any given lens than I can) after looking at shots he has taken with the 28-300mm lens I'm reconsidering the Olympus 14-150mm :43: lens as a "travel" lens. I've never used one and had no real plans to acquire one (the 45mm, 60mm, and 75mm lenses are on my 'wish list' in an ongoing battle with the Princess of the Exchequer to complete a collection of primes. The 12mm would be a distant acquisition - I'm pretty well satisfied with the 14mm unless I come into an unexpected, unallocated windfall). To think of reducing the travel kit to a single body (the OM-D EM-5), a single lens (the 14-150mm) and, probably, a single FL-600R flash...yeow! I've not done that since I took my first Nikon DSLR and kit zoom to Alaska for a two week vacation - and that was because I was just starting out in digital and budget constraints kept the kit to a minimum; I wasn't sure the whole kit wasn't going to be a disappointment and I'd be back shooting Tri-X after the vacation . I wasn't willing to risk buying more than a single body, lens, and an SB600 flash to test this new fangled digital idea. Maybe I'll go lay down for awhile and see if the sudden GAS passes . Too bad I didn't see Mr. Kelby's video until now; a month ago I could've passed out hints about Father's Day gifts... Regards, Jim EDIT: I should've been more clear - my surprise isn't that a vacation can be photographed using a super zoom lens as the only resource available; my surprise is that Scott Kelby, who one images has just about every Nikon (and Adobe) product made available at his fingertips, chooses to do so. EDIT II: After more research I've found that Mr. Kelby concedes that he also carries a 12-24mm lens on travels, although he does rely mainly on the super zoom. That makes me feel a little less surprised.