« on: February 23, 2015, 02:03:53 PM »
I have spent a lot of time in both Greece and Italy, but never off a cruise ship, so it might be that my experience is a bit off what you´ll meet. I also carry more equipment than most think is fun, so I´m probably not the carry-light-advisor you´re looking for ... But for what it´s worth:
From the lenses you list, I would bring 16-35 f4L IS, 35 1.4 and the 135/2.0. If you´re willing to carry more, you can add the 70-200 and/or the 85. But my experience is that I always use the 70-200 (mine is the 70-200 f2.8L IS II) less than I thought I would. But I use the 135/2.0 a lot (used to be the 135/2.0L, but I now use the Zeiss 135/2.0). I always carry the 24-70 f2.8L II, so that would have given you a fair focal range coverage, but in your case I would be worried about the big gap from 35 to 135, so that points towards bringing either the 85 or 70-200 also.
In any daylight shooting you´ll have more light than you need (want) and can use any of your lenses (I´d bring circular polarising and ND filters!). But my favourite time of day to shoot, especially when you´re out on the Greek islands, is just before and after sunrise and sunset, when the special Mediterranean light is at its best. So to shoot anything with people in it, you´ll be glad to have the fast primes. And, even though you have not asked for it, I´d recommend a tripod, even if it was just a Gorilla variant.
Bags are difficult. I have lots of them, because I always struggle to find the right one for That special trip. But for your use, I have recently used the Lowepro Classified Sling 220 AW, which I am growing more and more fond of. It is comfortable on the shoulder, big enough for a 1DX or 5DIII, 16-35, 35/1.4, 135/2.0 and the 70-200/2.8L. It is also big enough for filters, a flash, charger and a 15" MacBook Pro. The big advantage with the sling bags is that they are out of the way when you don´t need them and gives you very handy access to all your gear when you want it, by just pulling it around from the back. This bag is probably my best value for money alternative ($54.95 at B&H).
Enjoy your trip and share some pictures when you return!