Over the years I have had several different still cameras, ranging from the Nikon Coolpix, Nikon D50, Nikon D90, and now the Canon 5D MKII and Canon 7D. The same can be said about my affection to film and video cameras that have ranged from the 16mm Bolex, to Panasonic ENG,  Sony Z1U, and Sony EX1. Normally I would have to lug around both stills and video camera in order to get the best of both worlds. However, this is no longer the case. Introducing my favorite of technology gear the Canon 7D.

The Canon 7D is by far my favorite piece of gear right now. Not only does it shoot outstanding photos with it’s 18.0 Megapixels, but it also takes wonderful full 1080p HD video. The 7D also captures Full HD video at 30p (29.97 fps), 24p (23.976 fps) and 25p with an array of manual controls, including manual exposure during movie shooting and ISO speed selection. The Canon 7D features a magnesium alloy body that is dust- and weather-resistant . This makes it ideal for shooting time-lapse  outside for long periods.


The Canon 7D is a versatile piece of technology, with its interchangeable lens and shallow depth of field, it truly has become one of favorite pieces of gear. Also because of its small compact size it is easy to travel with and quickly set up for interviews. Back in Nov 2010, I had the opportunity to interview legendary editor Walter Murch. With the very limited time we were given, both set -up and tear down of the scene was done in under 5 mins. You can check out that interview here.

While on vacation, or out with the family, the 7D continues to favorite of mine. Sure I do have smaller point and shoot cameras, or even my iPhone to take quick on offs. But the 7D allows me to document the full day with either my kids,  by taking photos or video without having to worry about shutter delay or  loosing daylight.

The Canon 7D is my favorite piece of gear I have owned to date. (until a newer one comes).

People have different choses when it comes to technology, what is your favorite piece of gear and why?

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