The Canon 5D MkII continues to be a game changing camera, but the subsequent releases of cheaper cameras by Canon (as well as Nikon and others) beg the question:
Why would I pay for a 5D when a 7D is (or T2i or 60D etc) is cheaper?
- The 5D MkII is a full-frame sensor which means you get the full focal length of your lens.
- The 7D is a cropped sensor which means the focal length of your lenses is multiplied by 1.6. Your 100mm lens is now a 160mm lens.
As Bloom says, this has nothing to do with the aesthetic or image quality that you get from either camera, but it may affect your decision when you are purchasing.
Note: This is not a side by side comparison of these cameras, nor is it a pro or a con for either camera, the video merely illustrates the differences between shooting full frame and cropped sensor.
It’s also a way for me to procrastinate writing the side-by-side comparison of the cameras I have been meaning to work on.