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2016 Camera Setup | Get the most out of your money

It’s the end of the year and we write the 1st of December 2015. So it’s time to make some plans for the next year. After photographing for more then 8 years it’s time to get a new camera setup. For 6 years I was on the road with a Canon 400D and after my first DSLR I went for the Canon 700D. I am happy with this one but it’s still an entry level camera. So to take my photography to the next level I want to get me a big Christmas present.

Imagine – I can take great photos on my Canon 700D but how will my photos look like with a better camera? It’s time to discover. This year I had my first jobs as a Filmmaker (My first promoted Video will be revealed in January – stay tuned.) and I sold some of my photos. So I will reinvest this money for my new camera.

My equipment for 2015 was:

  • Canon EOS 700D
  • Canon G7X (Everyday Compact Camera)
  • Canon EF-S 18-135mm, f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Hama Star 61 TriPod
  • Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand XL



  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • Manfrotto BeFree TriPod
  •  Manfrotto MVH502AH, Fluid Video


Camera (Canon EOS 7D Mark II) & Lens (Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM)


Completely rebuilt and redesigned, the EOS 7D Mark II delivers all the performance of its predecessor – and much more. Made for life’s fastest moments, the camera can capture an incredible 10 frames per second (fps) without a drop in resolution, and together with a new 65-point cross-type AF system and Dual DIGIC 6 processors, the EOS 7D Mark II sets a new benchmark for electrifying speed and power.

::: Flexibility is the name of the game :::

Designed to help you capture the perfect moment in outstanding quality, the camera boasts a new 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor with a native ISO 100-16,000 range, expandable to ISO 51,200. Together with an advanced high-resolution 150k pixel RGB+IR metering sensor and innovative flicker detection, the EOS 7D Mark II ensures beautifully exposed images. Completely adaptable to the way you shoot, the camera offers customisable body controls and a new viewfinder which provides approximately 100% coverage. With pro-level movie features, including live, uncompressed HDMI output and Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology.

::: Capture split-second action :::

The EOS 7D Mark II excels in high-speed situations, shooting bursts of an astonishing 10 full resolution images in a single second, thanks in part to a newly designed shutter and mirror drive mechanism, with an incredible 200,000-cycle shutter durability.
The outstanding responsiveness is matched by a blisteringly fast 65-point AF system, providing uncompromising sensitivity and stamina to lock on to subjects with pin-sharp precision. Boasting one of the most advanced AF systems in a camera of its class, each AF point is a cross-type1, with the centre point offering dual cross-type focusing at f/2.8 and EV-3 low-light sensitivity, giving you unsurpassed accuracy in all light conditions and for all subjects.

::: Cinematic movies in your hand :::

As well the camera will be a monster for my video filming stuff: The EOS 7D Mark II builds on its predecessor’s movie reputation with a new suite of pro-standard recording features. Superior AF performance is executed by Canon’s unique Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, so you can shoot with smooth, accurate focus. In a first for EOS, both Movie Servo AF speed and tracking sensitivity can be customised, giving you complete control for pull-focus effects and transitions between subjects. The camera captures every split second of the action in Full HD quality, with a choice of frame rates from 24p to 60p for smooth movement and slow motion effects.

Tripod (Manfrotto Befree)


The Manfrotto BeFree is a completely new tripod from Manfrotto that is designed to be compact, light and portable. It is a stylish aluminium tripod, without the budget or plastic build quality usually associated with compact tripods. The Manfrotto Befree has it’s own dedicated section on Manfrotto’s website and has a lifetime warranty. Compact, light and portable, this tripod is designed for photographers who love to travel. It’s a high quality tripod designed to fit into carry-on luggage and backpacks. Thanks to the unique folding mechanism, the legs fold neatly around the head and quick release plate attachment. In the closed position it is only 40 cm long. There is some flex in the thinnest leg section, and for the sturdiest support you could leave these so they are not extended. With the centre column down, and the last leg section un-used, the tripod is very sturdy. Fully extended, to the maximum height of 144cm / 4 feet 9″ the tripod performs reasonably well.

Video Head (Manfrotto MVH502AH, Fluid)

Manfrotto MVH502AH

This head is the perfect synthesis between and innovative „Bridge Architecture“ and manfrotto’s Cutting edge engineering. A pan fluid drag system gives more ergonomic operation while a wider top plate and longer sliding plate offer extra stability and balance. This head offer an even more rigid structure for maximum precision and improved responsiveness. The built in easy link connectors offer extreme flexibility for accessory attachments. The counterbalance system and ball bearing drag sysem both offer precision and smoothness of operation. This head has been carefully constructed from lightweight modern materials for optimal balance of strength and size.

Overall Cost


For around 2000 Dollar you get an awesome camera setup! The most people can exclude the Video Head because if you don’t take video often you don’t need it. But for me it is a great remarkable add-on.

Pascal Erb
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