What's really sad is that I gave up waiting and bought at 1D X. Not a decision I regret, but it was a lot more than I wanted to pay for an faster frame rate than the 5DIII. The recent firmware upgrades have made it an amazing camera for wildlife photography and I'm curious to see if Canon adds some of those to the 7D II. I also fear it will be a videographer's dream camera, which means zilch to me.
Zilch until your interest morphs and you take up wildlife videography. I chose not to get a 1DX for a number of reasons but the number one was the shutter noise. CPS loaned me one and in drive mode it pretty much scared away everything I was photographing unless I was in a noisy environment. 12 fps is useless if you scare away your subject on shot 1.
I chose the 5DIII and while the fps is lacking in some cases it does not give me away in my blind. If I dont need the FPS, then silent mode keeps me undercover. I hope the 7D2 offers a MUCH quieter drive mode shutter than the 1DX. That might be the only show stopping thing for me. Otherwise I am pretty much waiting for the pre-orders to start.
I understand and just can't let myself do video. I've done it in the past (pre-DSLR) and it interests me, but the cost to do it right is obscene, not to mention the storage requirements and the amount of footage you need to shoot to get a few minutes of finished video. I really don't want to test the limits of my AMEX, marriage, or sanity by getting back into video
Besides, and not to open the debate, but to me, there's always been something more meaningful and lasting about a still vs. video. I saw an interview a year or so ago (Nikon/some war photog, I think) who talked about how many videos you can remember vs. still shots and that further cemented the idea of focusing on stills for me.
Back to the camera, I do wish the 1D X had a silent burst mode like the 5DIII, but where I shoot (swamps, subtropical forests, and coastal areas) all have so much ambient noise from insects and other creatures that the loud shutter isn't an issue for me. In the cold silent forests of New England where I grew up, or places like it, I can imagine it would scare the crap out of everything in sight. I guess that's why they let you adjust the speed down from 12fps so it's at least a bit quieter. Over the years, I've missed so many shots by missing focus or the key moment that 12fps is something that I will really get a lot out of for my work. I say it that way because I've hardly had time to use it since I've bought it, but in about a month my time will be my own again
I prefer full frame as well and the 5DII was a revelation to me and my shooting. I came to prefer it over the 7D even with it's AF and burst speed limitations, so I'm not sure crop would interest me again unless the IQ is much better above ISO 1600 on the 7DII. With my 1D X and 300 f/2.8 II IS, I can literally start shooting (moving) wildlife before sunrise now, which gives me another 30+ minutes of shooting over the 7D and f/4 & f/5.6 lenses I used in the past. For me, that is truly a game changer.