I am going to Chile Patagonia to hike late april, early may ( autumn ).
Longuest duration without food resupply will be 10 days.
My backpack weights 5,7kg
My food 7kg + water 1kg + canister 0,6/2kg = about 8,3kg at start.
My from the skin out weight at the start of the 10 days 18.2kg
that is prior to photographic gear that ill divide between my wife and i.
last year ( Greenland ) and the year before (Iceland) i used an Olympus 420+ kit 14-42 for about the same duration / conditions hikes.
I really enjoyed the result,and i printed books up to A3.
This year i would like to do some animals photos too so i am hesitating between :
1) E 420 + 14-42 +40-150 : approx 850g
2) E 620 + 14-42 + 40-150 : approx 950g but IS for the zoom.
3) EPL1 + 14-42 + pana TZ7 or equivalent : approx 750g, no lens changing .
( too bad the micro 4/3 zuiko 14-150 wont be released in time )
4) EPL1 + 14-42 + pana FZ 38 or equivalent : approx 900g , same but bigger zoom.
the problem with 2 lens is i would shoot more landscapes than animals, but i would probably keep the 40-150 zoom on to have it ready for animals and i would have too switch very often with the 14-42 for landscapes.
2 cameras would solve that problem, i would carry one and my wife the other one, i would have bigger zoom if i get the FZ38 , there is no weight penalty,
but the quality would be worse than with a reflex + the 40-150 so no A3 for animals photography.
i didnt list the GF1 because with the IS inside the lens are way too heavy, it ends being as heavy as the E620 for some lens combinations/choice.
any advice, i am leaving in less than 2,5 months so time starts being short waiting for the new 2010 models wich are due soon ?