My current gear

I always get people asking what I’m shooting with. As of the end of summer 2020 my “go to” setup for beach shoots is the following:



Canon 7D mark ii

Canon 18mm-200mm zoom lens

Canon BG-E16 Battery Grip

Flashpoint Zoom Li-on X R2



Justrite JRB 470 Pro BM
Justrite JRB 470 Pro BM Just the bracket and not the Nikon, obviously.


People ask “Why Canon over Nikon?” For me the answer was simply for what I’m doing, the setup I have suits my needs and wants. I used Nikon for years and was happy with it. Coke vs Pepsi, Ford vs Chevy, there will always be debates over things that are basically the same with only some minor differences.

For people who ask “Why a 7D over a 5D?” It’s the lens. For weddings I need to shoot wide for big groups and zoom in for ring shots, and the EF-S lens won’t work on the full frame 5D. So until I can drop the bigĀ bucks for a comparable EF lens, I’ll stick with the 7D, and even then I’d be adding over two pounds to my rig.

Questions? Just post below or email me at michaelhammerphotography at gmail dot com