Ah the usual dilemma..more gear every year only makes it a harder decision. I'll do some thinking aloud here and hopefully you guys have some insight.. Background: going in April, probably 5-6 weeks..thinking Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, and Israel. Though it's quite open to change..got a sweet deal for round-trip airfare into Istanbul, otherwise anything else is on the table. Always the option to check out eastern europe or north africa if things get too ugly in that part of the world though I take the national travel advisories with a very large grain of salt. Pool of equipment: -XZ1 -G5 and G1 (7.5mm, 20mm, 9-18mm, 14-45mm, 40-150mm) -Fuji X-E1 (35mm 1.4) So there are compromises obviously. 1) Travel weight/size. Less is better obviously...also a benefit of carrying less is that it makes me feel a little more comfortable to carry less $ worth of camera equipment. All too rarely do I go to places that I can comfortably carry everything without any thought of damage or theft. 2) IQ...3 tiers here. I have to say that while I prefer using my XZ1 to other compacts with its larger sensor and fast lens, I'm still not crazy about it's output. Imo it still looks like a compact camera output in many cases..ok detail if you shoot raw, limited dynamic range, meh DoF etc. I am reluctant to shoot with it for images that I care about. It's more my social/beater camera. 3) Focal lengths..not sure what I want to pick and choose from without carrying everything and the kitchen sink. Possibility A (travel super light) -XZ1 + Fuji XE1. The Fuji IQ is great but only 1 focal length. Not my fav focal length..but I love the output. And then use the LX1 for anything wide or long. Unfortunately 28mm equiv isn't great..I was looking forward to having something more capable for stuff like the Blue Mosque. I like the fact that it's only hauling 1600$ of equipment or so around and is light! But otherwise it seems a weird compromise of not loving the output of the compact but being forced to use it lots. Possibility B (big kit..capture the images without regrets or compromise) -XE1 (35mm-->50mm equiv) for low light, G5 with 9-18mm for walk around lens, 7.5mm fisheye for capturing vistas, indoor architecture etc, and 40-150mm telephoto. Pretty versatile overall..no IQ compromises. I enjoyed travelling with a 3 lens kit last vacation (20mm, 9-18mm, 40-150mm). The main addition with this is the fisheye. Downside: ~3000$ on my back. Not exactly something I would feel comfortable leaving in the hotel room or to put down for a moment. Possibility C (micro four thirds only) -G5 and G1: 20mm (low light replacing the XE1), 9-18mm, 7.5mm fisheye, 40-150mm. 2 m43 bodies to swap lenses or minimize changes is attractive. Light weight option. ~$1800 of equipment I suppose. I miss out on the XE1 and just plain awesome 35mm..but a highly practical kit for the weight/dollar value. Thoughts? Other suggestions?