Thanks for your detailed reply. I didnt realise the Minolta 7D went up to 3200. However, are you sure the noise is less than film? It is a good point you make about the Minolta having anti-shake on all lenses.
How low a shutter speed can you use with a 35mm lens? Since this is a film forum, maybe you could link/email me a full rez jpeg taken at night with the 7D @ 3200 w/35mm @ f/1.4. Send to daniel /\T biometrix - com - au.
Someone in the film forum had a good suggestion. To hyperise the film, going to read up about that.