I have just returned from a holiday. I used to spend a lot of time packing my gear, trading off flexibility against pure mass – fighting to get my carry-on to less than 10Kg and in a box measuring 50 x 40 x 20 cm, or whatever the airline allowed.
This time, no problem; I took only my 100F Fuji (fixed lens) and two lens adaptors, plus a small flash. Together with batteries, cards, torch, phone and umbrella (!) the whole kit fitted in my tiny Eagle Creek shoulder bag (20x23x8cm).
We cannot all do this. Nobody specialising in nature photography could manage without their telephoto and macro lenses, but for my style of general 28mm to 70mm stuff I managed perfectly well and, as the 100F now has a 6000x4000p sensor, I certainly did not sacrifice quality.
Purists will shudder-but a high quality bridge camera would be the answer. Zooming from 35mm to 450mm easily. This is 88.8 on my old Leica with only 10 MP. No doubt an update version would produce excellent results. Another advantage being able to go from wide angle to telephoto so quickly enables shots to be taken otherwise missed if changing lenses.No cumbersome gear to carry and all at the ready. View this full size and you could count every whisker in his nostrils—only if one has a penchant for such delicacy.