« on: June 15, 2012, 04:32:56 PM »
I was fortunate recently to be able to take a trip with my wife to Rome, Venice and 7 day cruise (with a shore excursion almost every day). I am an amateur and this was strictly a vacation. Also, my wife doesn't have a lot of patience so I knew I would have to snap pretty quickly. I took my 5D classic (without the grip), 24-105 and 70-200 F4 IS and was able to carry these with ease using a Blackrapid strap and carrying the 70-200 and water on a utility belt. I usually wore a vest for rocket blower, cleaner, cards, batteries, etc. We walked a lot, got in and out of taxis and on and off buses, etc., all without undue hassle or strain. I found that I could switch between the 24-105 and 70-200 fairly easily. In outside venues, I used the 70-200 a lot and would not have been happy without it. I understand the OP has the 2.8, which is considerably larger and perhaps unwieldy for vacation travel. Maybe it makes sense to rent? (I also took a 50 1.4 but left it in the hotel most of the time. I did not bring a flash (they can't be used in most museums), but did bring a P&S for snapshots, without or without flash (at dinner or whatever)). I don't have anything wider than 24, so can't speak to that end, but I didn't find myself wishing I had something wider.