Steven and I have been practicing all sorts of shots - wide angles, macro, zooms, and the like. For you techies, we've been working on locating the sweet spot for each lens, and the hyperfocal distances/optimum depth of field.
Here's the decision:
Canon 60-D with 28-200 for Steven. He will be in charge of landscapes, using the zoom for whatever specific is of interest.
Canon Rebel SL1 with 18-270 Tamron for me. Wow is this set up ultra light. Just perfect for lil ol me. The Tamron is a little soft focusing with that big zoom but it gives us an ultra wide-angle and I can also do the zoom thing for what catches my eye. I will also carry along a 40mm for street scenes.
Here comes the cheater. We have an Olympus HD handheld (your basic $500 point and shoot as it were:). It goes in the pocket - and is our choice for macro. It actually has a 2x macro. Unless you are printing a wall-sized poster, I don't suspect anyone could tell the difference in outcome from this little guy versus the much heavier leave-it-home Canon 60mm macro.
Monopods rather than the bulkier tripods.
Extra SD cards, extra batteries, battery chargers, lens brushes, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, Mac Air + USB card reader and a LaCie external drive for downloading.
Good to go.
Here is my favorite shot from all that practice. From right here in our backyard in Palm Springs --
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