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So am I. I wouldn't mind an AF system similar to the one in the 5DIII but the current system performs quite nicely for me.
After over a decade of reading posts on internet forums, I've come to the conclusion that those posts often tend to make differences in camera capabilities, whether they relate to AF, noise, or any number of other factors, seem to be much larger in magnitude than they really are. My guess is that this is because, when people spend lots of dollars to buy new equipment, they feel a need to convince the world that the new equipment blows away any other (older) equipment.
I've used both a 7D and a 1D Mark IV together for well over 3 years. While I have no question that the AF system on my 1D Mark IV is better than the one on my 7D, in real world practical application, the differences in my in-focus rates for the two cameras is very small. I've used both cameras to shoot subjects like birds flying toward me with very busy backgrounds, which should be one of the more challenging AF situations, and I use either camera with a similar high level of confidence that it is going to get me the shot.
I also find it interesting that, in 2009, when Canon released the 7D, the forums were filled with posts from those who were thrilled because Canon had finally put a very capable AF system in a non-1 series body. Now, 3 years later, posts would make you think that the 7D AF system is not at all capable, which certainly is not consistent with the real world results that many are getting from the camera every day in situations that provide difficult challenges for an AF system.
While I have no question that the 7D AF system could be improved, its AF is better than anything I could have dreamed of having a decade ago (especially at its price point), and, if I never end up being able to use a camera with a better AF system than the one on the 7D, I'll be just fine