Yes, weight and size is an issue. During my last ski vacation I had my big Nikon D700 in my backpack, always afraid to damage it since I'm not good at skiing. Nevertheless I always managed to fall to the side and not on my back.
I'm definitely in the market for something smaller than my D300. I haven't really considered the mirrorless cameras because most of them have lenses also, don't they? However, your shots are great and very impressive. I might have to rethink my options. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for sharing your story Jdanne. It's always fun trying to balance yourself for a shot while you're preoccupied with something like maintaining your balance. Now that takes some mean skills. Thanks for the share Peanutroaster. Totally forgot about the Lumix G series there, they are some mean little monsters with great output. Egomezta, I had my first disaster at a wedding event, I was told that the reception would be an outdoor event, but they relocated it to a very cramped, intimate indoor room. I left my superwide 11-18 zoom behind and are regretting it everyday. Clayx, they do come with their own lenses unfortunately, which usually means more money to be spent on top of the micro body, although the Nikon 1 does have a F-mount adaptor for your standard Nikon lenses so all your existing glass can be used on it (with a crop factor of 2x though). However that somewhat defeats the purpose of getting a small camera there.. I haven't actually gone beyond my first 18-55 with my NEX, and so far it has served me well :) Thanks for all the positive encouragement every one :)
I am a fan of small and compact. They say your favorite camera is the one you grab to take with you the most, for me it has become my Canon G12. I also have developed vertebrae problems in my neck, so lugging a heavy body and long lens are not an option. And I find when shooting things like street scenes nobody pays attention to a guy with a little camera and are less intimidated.