Are you home in Vancouver now? Send me a PM when you can. Let's get together for dinner.
I especially enjoyed the lens debate. I have just bought a 28-300 to see if it and a 50 mm 1.8 will be "enough" for travel.
Canada "It's a rough place, son. In fact, you have to puke twice and show your razor just to get in. Better grow some whiskers if you wanna go to Canada." Ronnie Hawkins when asking Levon Helm to join his band and play in Canada.