Wow... Thank you Don ! When you get to Paris we might be able to share a few minutes at some café's terrace ?
That Pro's counsel is spot on ! After all the technicalities we like to chat about in forums, the main objective remains the "picture" There are on Nikonians much better photographers then I can be ! I've got a main job that's time consuming and mind gnawing (architecture)... To be successful in this main job, I feel I need to look at people, just as details. The mundanes, as the odds.
Doing it with a camera, is like going fishing The journey is just as important then the results. Sometimes I get so carried aways with speaking to people I meet that I even forget to press the shutter ! On the other hand, I teach. And I believe I mustn't give the "answer" to my students, but bring them to their answers by themselves (after all, what's a "good" answer?). Pictures can be helpful, as each will interpret them in their own way. Maybe the most important would be the "mood"
Often, we discuss on forums about styles, compositions, quality (MoQ ?). It leads too often to the "what" camera, "what" lens(es), sort of debate. While most time it's more about what do we want to do ? Do we want to capture "reality" in a documentary sense (getting the full cathedral in the frame with a super WA), or just collecting small bits of memories "in the mood" (like getting just the people in the waiting line agains the well worked doors of the cathedral ?).
Mileage may vary, but from time to time it can be really useful for the mind to be "constrained" by just a prime lens we know well. We can't get everything we would like with it ? So what ! With several pictures missing the main point (the big building), but focusing on it's "fringes", maybe I can give an "impression" of what it was (or could have been, or even, is unutterable in our own memory )
It's all about subtleties, even when in full evidence (Magritte someone ?)
Whatever your choice of hardware, just don't forget to "feel" the voyage, to let yourself be immersed in it, to let it lead you to other experiences... And have a jolly good trip