You make the simple assumption that there can't be any issues with the 7D II AF. What if there is? What if it is a firmware issue that needs to be addressed? You jump right out and accuse the people who are actually using the camera and noticing things about it's performance that they are crazy. You make the assumption that they are misusing the AF system. If there is a problem, how else is it going to be found, reported to Canon, and dealt with unless people test, push the system to limits, and talk about it?
None of us are going around assuming everyone else is an idiot, and proclaiming such. Guys like you, Keith, and a good number of others? Your constantly going around telling everyone who doesn't agree with you, the seasoned craftsman, is crazy for caring about details. What is it going to take to get you guys to just leave us the hell alone? I mean, do you even get it, that we want to be left the friggin hell alone? Or do you prefer to play the role of antagonist, constantly drudging things up and making an issue out of it?
You really do like the sound of your own voice don't you.
Anyway, I made no assumptions and am well aware that there could be a genuine issue with any new release, or a problem with a specific manufacturing batch, indeed nowadays it seems unlikely that there won't be some kind of issue, contrary to your belief I do not live in denial. But that doesn't mean there isn't a little craziness around some of the time!
I don't assume everybody is an idiot, I know some are, and I know many are way smarter than me (which isn't that difficult), there are many threads where I suspect i could call bullS___ but don't because I am just not knowledgeable enough in a specific area to comment.
I care about details, but not in and of themselves, I know the answer to where the magic bullet is, it is inside each of us, it is not in one more stop of DR, better AF or anywhere else connected to the gear; I am not suggesting for a second gear doesn't matter, of course it does, and in some shooting situations it is paramount, but even the best gear in the hands of somebody without the time and knowledge to use it won't deliver. And that is what I feel many of the rants are about, the unrealistic expectation and the unwillingness to commit the time needed to master a hobby, any hobby. I know that if I get the same rod and reel, or gun as a fisherman or hunter I am not going to get the same results, it isn't about the type of bait or cartridge I use, it is because I have spent fifteen minutes fishing in my entire life, I don't feel the fish or the deer.
I am not surprised you shoot thousands of images birding, but I don't understand why you think you should get tens of images to "work", 99.9% of them are not worth the time or effort, those that are, are worth the time and effort! Unrealistic expectations.
When will I leave you alone? When you stop making what I see as outlandish or farcical claims that you either can't illustrate, make no difference to the actual images people shoot, or when you stop mistaking example Canon images for Exmor ones! I am not out to antagonise you, indeed you have sought out this contretemps, I have said I see myself a bit of a balance to some of the sillier claims (8"x10" prints) and to add a little to a few other threads.