Images appear in subsequent posts: Family Time and the Lie of the Land Town Scenes (Capileira) My Wife and I Take a Walk We Walk to Bubión Introduction to the Alhambra Nasrid Interiors Water Features Nasrid Ceilings Coda: The Generalife, etc. But first, by way of introduction, a trip post mortem 2002 Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) My previous visit to Spain was in 2002. That was the last foreign travel adventure I shot on film (color negative stock largely procured en route). I can only recall using a single OM-2 and Zuiko 50 f/1.4. I suspect I may occasionally have used a Zuiko 75-150 f/4 or, even less likely, a Zuiko 28 f/3.5. My wife toted a film P&S and my son was carrying a Canon Rebel film camera that was about half the weight of my OM-2. By this time, my wife and I had already started using an Olympus 3030Z digicam, but it stayed home. Digital cameras and cards were expensively iffy affairs then – 3MB images and 256 MB cards were pushing it! Scanned 35mm snapshots seem most satisfactory to me when scaled to 5-6Mp. So, I had a list of images I wanted to reshoot. 2018 Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Earlier this year (2018), knowing I would be going back to Spain and Turkey, and wishing to carry an everyday combo optimized for light weight and inconspicuousness, I picked my (separate) times and bought refurbished copies of both a Pen-F and an O17/1.8. On this trip I also carried an E-M5.2 (same battery as Pen-F, better ergonomics for the 40-150 Pro, weather resistant) as backup/second body for the odd occasion. Even though I carried a rather full roster of lenses, I could have saved my back the trouble – the new kids on the block did most of the work. I had come to trust the Pen-F on its first trip (to Washington, D.C.). As a combo with the 12-40 Pro or a fastish prime, I ascertained it could do just about anything I might want a travel camera to do: landscape, street, mood, family, restaurants, museums, etc. Consequently, other than the possibility of torrential rain – we never saw more than a couple of drops of drizzle on either trip – I had no worries about the body. I added the O17 to the herd after that. How did it do on the trip? It did just fine. I struggled a bit. Among other things, I tell myself, this is just not how I see. I have a P20/1.7 vI, but never bonded and it has no place in my bag. Widening to 17 mm should have made things worse, if anything, but the O17 immediately struck me as an immense step up in usability. And why not? As it turns out, when using the 12-40, 17mm (~8%) is my most visited focal length after 12mm (~15%) and 40mm (~38%). There is a significant usage peak of ~16% between 15mm and 19mm. Still, that 8% (or 16%) usage was the source of my struggle. There were more than a few instances where I would have liked to mount a longer or a wider lens but I didn’t – I was lazy and now wish I hadn’t been. I mostly needed to keep moving. Changing lenses would have made those parts of the visit too rushed and there was already too little time. So I temporized with some panos, even in interiors. Of those, there were some happy successes and some, shall we say, learning experiences. The Pen-F mainly saw two lenses – the O17 and the 12-40 Pro. Of these, the bulk of the Pen-F images were shot with the O17 (>800 vs. <100). This was a bit of a lark for me. I have become a habitual zoom shooter and the 12-40 has easily nailed down its place as the first lens listed when I decide who comes with and who doesn't. I seldom leave home without it. A contributing factor was my decision to mount a Peak Design Capture 3 clip to my belt. This served as encouragement to keep the Pen-F/lens combo as light as possible. Besides, with the camera hung lens-down from the matching low profile plate, the 12-40 is incompatible with the clip - so, no go. The E-M5.2 only saw two lenses – the 40-150 Pro and the 40-150 Pro + MC-14. Thinking back to the usefulness of an O9-18 I had rented for a prior visit to Turkey, I also carried a 7-14 Pro but it only left the bag for three exposures, none in Turkey. I might have used a greater variety of lenses on another, less focussed and more relaxed trip. We were in Spain for less than four full days. Though we were in Turkey nearly twice that long, I had even less time available for photography by virtue of being the father of the groom and thus actively discouraged from toting a camera at family events, of which there was a liberal supply (the Turks easily surpass Yanks such as myself in family-centricity). I'm not accustomed to being only fodder for photos. Even though I had my iPhone, I still felt naked. Had I felt free to use a camera, I would certainly have mounted a longer prime at those. Only when writing up this memo did I come to realize the extent to which this past photographic experience mimicked so very neatly that of my first trip to Spain. It shouldn’t have been surprising to find that it is perfectly possible to come back from a family trip with a mess of meaningful, even good, photos using the equivalent of a wildly overspecced smartphone. No matter, you can color me surprised. Sure, I shot primes in film days. That was then. Even though it’s not my current style, and, while I’m certain that, of social necessity, I left a bunch of neat images on the table, I do appreciate the more relaxed nature of the experience that resulted from the simpler approach. Besides, I do like a good puzzle. Please, folks, don't take any of this as whining. I have no regrets. Quite the contrary – I had a blast! Across the board it was an incredible opportunity for personal growth – I'd do it again in an instant. This thread is just a way for me to think about the body and lens list I will make for the next trip. So, to return to the lens and body mentioned in the title – have they pledged their vows? Well, it’s complicated. Let’s agree to call it an open marriage… OK, that’s enough preamble. On with the show.