I think some of the complaints surrounding the 7D are actually Lightroom associated. Certainly LR2 made a poor job of handling the files, to the point that I was beginning to think that there was a problem with the sensor or focusing last year. While LR3 is a definite improvement, I still don't think it is as good as it could be. Yesterday, as an example, in camera the images looked pin sharp, yet in LR, they looked soft and lacked some detail. As a standard workflow (which I suddenly thought of doing a preset for in LR3 a couple of nights ago, after 12 months of use
), I set the sharpening for the 7D at around 40, instead of the standard 25 for Adobe RAW. Also though, I rarely go beyond ISO 1600, and if I really have to photograph in that low light, then I switch to the 5D MkII. It isn't often I need to go beyond ISO 1600 and if I can reduce the shutter speed by using a tripod, that is an option, as is a beanbag. I tend to avoid noise reduction (exept to a minimal level in ACR), as it damages the fine detail, which is very important for wildlife. I'd rather have a bit more noise, than not be able to see the feather or fur detail.