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| p.1 #12 · 7D vs 5D mark II cropping power |
I use and love both cameras but the increased noise of the 7D makes large crops far less appealing than doing the same on the 5D2.
I find if you can ensure the 7D exposure is to the right as far as possible and you are careful with PP, then heavy crops can indeed stand up very well, even at ISO 400, but that would be my limit. It's very similar to the Nikon D2x in it has a small sweet spot where the IQ really sings. Outside this range IQ can drop rapidly. Get it a bit wrong, and the IQ can appear terrible. I had my 7D adjusted for low ISO graininess which appears to have helped somewhat. The 5D II is much more forgiving, as is my 1D III.
I regularly crop 50% from the 7D, but have even pushed the 1D III further than that at been amazed how well it stands up.
I would really hope a 7D II does not increase pixel density, but focuses on IQ improvements and reducing noise across the full ISO range as well as further improving the AF.