As of now, my "kit" (if it could be called that) consists of the Olympus EPL3 with the 14-42 II and a small Ryka camera bag. In a couple of weeks I will travel to China for a month and want to be able to maximise my camera while I'm there. I have $400-$500 to spend. What are some essentials that I need before I leave? I'm thinking: - 1 (2?) spare batteries & charger -- which 3rd party brand is reliable? - 2 (3?) 4GB or 8GB SD Cards - Neck strap -- Which is the best value? I've had issues with the Olympus one not staying on, so I'd look for one with a clasp not just folding over. - Monopod -- Are there monopods that can collapse to 1ft or less? - A small, inconspicuous camera bag--I might just stick to the Ryka for now, since I don't know what my kit would be. - One prime lens --- In terms of lenses, I really think I'm down to 3 options: 14 2.5 vs 17 2.8 vs 20 1.7 None of these lenses give me extra range, but they're all faster than my kit lens. Considering it would be the only prime that I have, which would be the most useful addition? I also have legacy Canon glass, would it be worth the FD-m43 adapter to have a 50 1.8 & a 28 2.8? I'm trying to bring just enough so that I don't find myself lacking anything. Any and all advice is welcome.