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    I would take both. The Olympus takes up hardly any room, and there are times when you'll want the Nikon but other times when you don't want the bulk and weight of the Nikon and the Olympus will do.

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    Don't know... The ideal choice would probably be a rangefinder (smaller, lighter, unobtrusive and - in most cases - as reliable as your Nikon).

    That is my lightweight travel set, with 90mm, 35mm & 21mm (+ sometimes 15mm) lenses.

    Had the XA for many years, but the lens, while ok, is no match for a good rangefinder one.
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    I'd take it all. Most hotels will let you put equipment into their safe while you are out. Even if they charge for that, it should not be much, and would be good insurance.
    Speaking of insurance, do you have any, and does it cover you while traveling?
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    I think I'll just go with the olympus XA + A11 flash + maybe my Gitzo tripod + spare set of batteries.
    Question: Does the Olympus XA RF go out of alignment?
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    To choose between the options that you specify, it depends on how important photography is to you on this trip. Your 2 cameras certainly represent extremes, of size and weight, in 35mm cameras. A medium sized camera would have advantages of both. (smaller/lighter to carry, but with lens options and exposure control)
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    Quote Originally Posted by frank View Post
    To choose between the options that you specify, it depends on how important photography is to you on this trip. Your 2 cameras certainly represent extremes, of size and weight, in 35mm cameras. A medium sized camera would have advantages of both. (smaller/lighter to carry, but with lens options and exposure control)
    It is pretty important to me, but I find I can do 90% of photography with the Olympus that I can do with the Nikon. The only things are better metering for some situations, shutter speed control, and the option to use the 50mm for portraits, which I can use the olympus for anyways.

    I think the XA +flash+tripod and a olympus stylus epic as a backup would be good.
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    I'd take a Yashica Electro 35 GSN or MG-1; or a Lynx 14e with the 1.4 lens. They are all three great for street or low light situations; besides being small and you can stick them in your pocket (a big pocket)

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    Take an SLR and the Olympus XA. The XA takes up so little space that it's the perfect camera to have when you don't want to haul lots of gear.

    And when you want the flexibility of different lenses, you'll have the SLR.

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    Hello,

    The F5 is a beast, will draw attention and ruin opportunities for candids. That - along with the fact it won't matrix meter my AI/s lenses - is the reason I got rid of mine years ago and went back to an F4, which is modular in its power / grip configurations and WILL matrix meter. All you're losing is "color" matrix metering and distance metering with flash photography - both of which in my book were just marketing ploys, as they never effected my shooting (basicall: tools to make average shooters shoot like good shooters). The F4 - with the MB14(? - can't remember the designation of the film back) will do practically everything the F5 will do and with an AF-S lens will focus nearly or as fast as the F5 (and if you're shooting AI/s lenses, it just doesn't matter.

    If you want people to say, "OOOH, he's got a REAL camera! He must take good pictures!" take the F5. If you want to take great candids of your vacation and not get a bicep workout in the process - and if you're not going to take my advice and run out and get an F4, shoot the XA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
    Yeah, but I don't really want to be walking around with all that stuff all day long.
    Why do you have to walk around with it all, or even any of it some of the time? Have time for photos, and time to just enjoy the time away from home. It's always nice to have a bit of free time without the worry of taking photos.

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