My friend has 2 D700's and I can tell you that they knock the socks of the 7DThat's not remotely true if you're cropping, if you have a well-sorted 7D conversion/pp workflow sorted out (I have) and if you appreciate/want/need lots of detail.
I've done umpteen IQ comparisons between my 7D and D700 files, and - at the image level - the 7D lacks for very little, if anything, assuming an effective workflow.
I'm afraid that I have little time in any walk of life for people who assume that because they can't do something, it can't be done - the 7D seems to attract a lot of folk like that.
Trying to understand exactly what you're saying. Does "effective workflow" mean that there are certain "pre-set" post-processing things that need to be done to illicit this result? If indeed that's what you're saying, it would seem to favor the D700: press button="good picture", vs. press button, download to <software>, make x+y+z manipulations="good picture". But perhaps I'm missing part of what you mean?