I have had a new 7D for a few months and have been doing other things with other cameras. I got out in the field this weekend to shoot birds and was distressed at the results. Note: this wasn't my first rodeo and I believe I can shoot birds - BobSmithImages.
The results are soft and very noisy at 400ISO. The settings were normal - decent light (if not stunning) f/5.6 to f/10, 400th, 500mm + 1.4 TC
I would like to meet someone in Austin with a 7D that I can shoot a couple of frames with my card and do the same shot with my camera and prove that it's a p.o.s. before I send it back to cannon. I'll buy the coffee/beer tomorrow or Tuesday anywhere in Austin. It'll take 20 minutes max.