Why the Canon 5D MK II and 7D Compliment Each Other So Well

Reader letters have been coming in en masse asking which Canon DSLR cameras to get. Many people want to go with two 5D Mk II‘s but also like the 7D. After some judging of needs, I usually convince readers that the 5D MK II and 7D compliment each other very well and that instead you should probably get one of each.

It’s Cheaper

Purchasing a 5D MK II and a 7D is much cheaper than buying 2 5D Mk II’s. If you were to get two 7D’s then you’d save even more money but users would not be able to enjoy the full frame benefits.

If you’re on a budget or trying to save as much money as possible, using the 5D Mk II and 7D will be all that you will need for a long time to come. The different situations that both of these cameras can cover alone makes for the ultimate combo in terms of versatility. More on this later.

Different Sensor Sizes

Because the 5D Mk II has a full frame sensor and the 7D has an APS-C sized sensor they can compliment one another very well. At weddings, I tend to put my 24-105mm F4 L IS on the 5D MK II and either my 85mm F1.8 or my 80-200mm F2.8 L on my 7D. The result is a larger range coverage and also allowing different cameras to achieve different tasks.

The 7D can also take EF-S lenses in case you have some of them.

Wedding photographers, videographers, and photojournalists will greatly benefit from having the two different sensor sizes. The 5D Mk II will allow users to get really wide with their wide-angle lenses vs having them cropped with the 7D and changing the field of view.

Different Feature Set

The 5D Mk II and 7D have different features and yet retain some similar characteristics.


– Full frame sensor

– Better High ISO control

– Manual sound control in video mode

– 21MP level of detail to your images


– APS-C sensor

– 60P HD video mode

– Wireless flash control

– Fast 8fps

– RAW+JPEG butoon

– Switch for video or stills

– Built in camera level to ensure your lines are straight

– EF-S lens compatability

Different Image Quality

Again, the 5D Mk II has better high ISO control than the 7D. Additionally, crops from the 5D MK II can be made more liberally than the 7D.

Different Uses

With both of these cameras it will be easier to shoot a variety of subjects. One can do studio work with the 5D MK II with ease and then shoot sports the next day with the 7D.

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Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.