There's seriously a ton of stuff to touch on here.
Originally Posted by Kreeker
I'm definitely considering the 7D as well. But even though I'm not a professional, I can't get over the idea that everyone says the 5D is amazing and the way to go if you want to do video.
It's better for video for reasons I've already mentioned.
I know what really matters is the glass you are using, but is it also worth it to spend the extra $500 on a 5D? Is 7D's superior FPS and AF points much better capturing racing photographs?
Now... that's a totally different subject. The 7D is a better choice if you want better AF, a reduced field of view with a given lens, higher burst rate and arguably a better control layout. Many 5DII owners will tell you that their continuous (AI Servo) AF perfomance using the center focal point is "good enough" for motion tracking. Rent one and find out if it works for you.
When you say "but there's a size issue there", are you referring to the "larger" size of a camcorder or the small size of the d80? Because I have more a problem with the small d80 body than a larger camcorder body.
The camcorders are larger, which may pose an issue for some people.
Keep in mind, that I am planning as going as far as buying a Glidecam 2000 or 4000, so I will be taking the video aspect seriously.
You're gonna have to use both bodies for a bit and see which one suits your needs.