I have this thing about lightweight travel. I'm obsessed with not having to deal with unnecessary stuff and the feeling of being light and nimble. I'm an avid traveler but never paid too much mind about my travel pics. But, this trip to Tanzania was special and I wanted to fully capture what I was about to witness. Question to myself: How can I take quality images on a 7 day hike climbing up to 6000 meters without having to worry about bulky gear? But wait! I also have a Serengeti Safari after my hike! Thus, I started my research for my first interchangeable lens camera. Answer: Kilimanjaro 1) Olympus E-P5 (ideally, this should have been the water resistant EM-5 but it looked so cool I couldn't resist not buying it!) 3) Oly M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 w/ attached lens hood 2) Think Tank mirrorless mover 5 (attached at belt) 3) Joby Micro 800 4) Fully charged spare batteries 5) Spare SD cards +Safari 6) Panny G. Vario 100-300mm zoom (locked in hotel storage while on the hike) 7) Canon s95 P&S Done! That's me in the middle with the entire kit comfortably resting on my right hip (pic shot with friend's p&s). The 17mm is so versatile! I didn't find the need for a zoom or any other primes. Here some examples that help show the ability to capture subjects at different distances from Landscape to Macro-ish Fire Clouds by desai82, on Flickr The Great Leader by desai82, on Flickr A Porter's Life by desai82, on Flickr Dash of Yellow by desai82, on Flickr Honestly If it wasn't for the safari, I might have just bought a sony rx100 or Ricoh Gr. I'm glad I got micro 4/3 system instead! I read that some folk were complaining about the sharpness and focus ability of the 100-300mm. I didn't have any issues. It wasn't that big for a 300mm (600mm equiv) lens. I felt sorry for the people lugging around their massive zoom lenses for their DSLRs. Here are some examples of images taken at the two extremes of the focal length. The last one demonstrates the focus ability at 300mm of a bird in flight. All images were hand held (and I'm a totally newbie coming from the P&S world). Lion King by desai82, on Flickr Lone Tree by desai82, on Flickr Baby Delivery by desai82, on Flickr The s95 allowed me to take quick wide angles such as this while the ep-5 had the zoom attached. Please share your "Kilimanjaro" (hypothetical or actual) set ups!