Yes, I've got the 7x42 EDG, purchased new from Japan last fall. I may not be as picky as some people, the EDG, SFs, UVHD's, Swaros, they all look incredibly sharp to me. I tend to value other aspects like the focuser, ease of eye placement, lack of rectilinear distortion/globe effect more that minute differences in color balance, sharpness, FOV, etc.I have to admit I did have the EDG 7 as well but though it was great in many ways the image, to paraphrase Canip was bright but dull. I liked the focuser and the glass in general and had I nothing else to compare with would have been very happy, I'm sure. As it was I sold that and some other items as I didn't want to feel like a collector more than a user. I felt I didn't deserve to have them all actually.
I have heard at least two very experienced people say that while the 7x42 EDG is good the 8x is better! I did like the lack of glare with those EDGs.
I meant to ask: did you say you have the EDGs yourself? I can't quite keep up with all the posts at the moment!
Compared to my 8x42 SF and the 10x42 EDG I had, the 7x42 EDG has virtually no rolling ball or warping effect while panning. Reducing the magnification allows a wider field with easier eye placement and less distortion than a bigger-AFOV 8x, I think that's one of the reasons to like 7x.
The EDG and UVHD 7x42's have an 8 degree FOV, the SF 8x42 has 8.4, but it's got difficult eye placement and lots of warping while panning. So you do make some sacrifices to get a wide-field 8x. And of course 8x is shaking a little more than 7x.