I'm taking my family... son, daughter, son-in-law (all in their 30's) and grandson (age 5) to Paris and Venice next week. This is a family vacation (celebrating my wife's and my 40th anniversary) not a photography safari. Moreover, I know both cities fairly well and they've never been there so I'll be tour guide while enjoying their company and their excitement at discovering these two wonderful cities.
All the same, I want to bring a camera with me to shoot while we are out and about and to document the trip. I also hope to get a few hours just for my photography... most likely very early AM or late night to do some shooting on my own. These times are great since I am primarily a street photographer anyway.
We are trying hold down the weight we are hauling (a 5 year old and associated gear adds considerable weight already) so I only want to bring one camera. There will also be a camcorder along. My choices are a GRD2 or a D300 with a Nikon 35/2.0 (I do have the 17-35 but that is a beast for these circumstances). When I had my M8 I would have used the 35Cron as my primary lens.I recognize that each option has its pro's and con's and that I can't go very far wrong either way... I'll just be dealing with a different visual vocabulary under each scenario.
If you've read this far what I am asking is for a variety of perspectives on the choice. Yes, I do recognize how lucky I am on many many fronts and am appreciative of my good fortune.