The 5DII has --and its successor will have -- great selling points in regards to both stills and video. That is not my debate. The big sensor for camcorders is here. Canon is behind in this respect. The Sony FS 100 super 35 is similiar to the 7d when it comes to crop factor. 5DII users are already taking Canon glass, with adapter, and using those lenses with the FS100. Sony has opened up the market for other lens groups to develop lenses for the FS100. If Canon will just catch up -- there should be nothing for me to further debate on this issue. 5DII great camera -- Its Successor should be even better -- Canon lenses are great -- Need a Canon Camcorder with larger sensor like 5DII. It is truly the individual behind the camera that controls how a final picture or scene will look. Just want to slap a lens on a 5DII successor, take that same lens put it on a Canon camcorder with similiar sensor and know that the shots can be controled the same in regards to equipment.
Those of us that have been in the business for many years started with film. You had a camera(s), a bunch of lenses, a light meter, a grey card, some filters, some black & white and color film, and then it was up to that person behind the camera that made those stunning pictures. No zoom lenses back then, no auto focus, no auto exposure -- just your knowledge of light, the choice of the lens and f-stop to ultimately give the effect you were looking for, make the exposure, develop the film, and then watch the magic happen when the final print appeared.
Technology has changed the world of picture taking. I think for the good. All I am saying is with the technology today Canon can make a larger sensor camcorder and the lenses from the 5DII and its successor should interchange with the camcorder. It is coming....but will everyone wait.....It sounds like from the posts Canon may lose an opportunity. Revenue is great....Revenue will be greater if Canon develops products that are more compatible between the still and video side.
Wheter you are shooting stills and/or video all the basic concepts are the same. I used to tell videographers that worked for me that had no film experience -- "Give me a great still photographer and I can easily make him a videographer." Today the gap is much closer because of technology. Each of you hang in there and I believe it will happen.