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John, I'm waiting for more fantastic mountain-shots with Nikki and the promised city-images too ;-)
A question: how do you carry the 16/3.5 and other really small lenses - I'm looking for a suitable small soft pouch.
The Op-Tech fold-over pouches are available in fairly small sizes - maybe they are worth a try.
I use the Op-Tech snoot boots - size depending on the lens size. I have many of the "mini" size for my small lenses.
These have the draw string, neoprene padding, and clip. This past weekend I put three lenses each in their own snoot boot into a very thin waterproof utility bag in my backpack.
Many times I clip the snoot boot with lens onto my backpack chest straps - one on each strap. This allows me to have access to 3 lenses - two in the snoot boots clipped to my straps and one on the camera. Usually 16/3.5, 50/1.8G, and 105/2.5 AIS or 90/3.5 CV are what I have in these snoot boots.
It can look a little funny - like I have hand grenades strapped to my chest, but it's practical. I did not do this for this weekend's ski trip as I am not the best skier and did not want to fall in the snow on my gear and get it all snowy and wet.
I also use the larger snoot boots for my 70-200/4 AFS and 400/5.6 ED AI (though the largest boot only covers 3/4 the length of this lens). I'm not a great fan of dedicated photo backpacks as they tend to be terrible backpacks, so I use a dedicated backpack and snoot boot clip-ons and/or store inside the backpack my lenses and camera.
I also have a LowePro #3 lens sleeve that is 10 years old or so - it's just big enough to enclose my 70-200/2.8 AFS or 80-200/2.8AFS, but alas, like many other of my favorite things, LowePro had to "improve" the design and no longer makes this model (the newer replacement sleeves are too bulky and not nearly as practical). I've been looking for these old LowePro sleeves on e-bay, etc. but have yet to find any.