Well, folks, I've been in Lima, Peru for 3 days now and heading to Cusco tomorrow on my way to Machu Picchu. This trip was the reason I needed to get back into photography and believe me, I think there is no better practice than being thrown into the thick of things! So far, I've learned a few things that I didn't realize before: 1. Though I've mostly been shooting with one specific lens when out and about, I am so happy I brought my others along since there have been times I've needed to switch to get a shot. 2. That being said, I have so far NOT used my Minolta MD 50mm f/2.0 at all, but have used all others. Don't get me wrong... I love that lens, but the situations I've been in have not seemed to lend themselves to this focal length. 3. My Minolta MD 28mm f/2.8 has been stellar. So far I think I've shot with this lens the most. It's a great focal length for street, and just wide enough to get environment. However, when it got dark out, I apparently missed focus much more often without realizing it until looking at the photos on a computer later. Perhaps using the AF kit lens in bad lighting would work better. 4. My Minolta Maxxum AF 100-200mm is amazing for capturing great street portraits. I managed to get some great shots during a parade in Lima today (I'll post some pics later) and it was actually quite fun to pick people out of a crowd. 5. Speaking of fun... shooting with my manual glass is WAY MORE FUN than using the kit lens. Not sure why. Maybe it's because it feels like you have more control over your final images. Or maybe because the results in the end just seem more alive than the kit. 6. My camera battery dies way faster when using the kit lens due to it being motorized. 7. When using primes, I tend to get better compositions because I need to physically move closer to the subject rather than zoom, making it easier to see details you might have missed otherwise. That's it for now. I'm sure I'll learn even more on my second half of my trip!