But to outright state that they don't know what measurements could possibly be indicating their sensors are lacking in the dynamic range department, or to outright state that their sensors are the best in the world...that's insane.
Their sensors aren't objectively lacking anything unless you have particular needs such as the forum member who needs to boost shadows by 4 or 5 or more stops. For most photographers in most situations, Canon sensors are superb.
I could write pages demonstrating what is "lacking" in the Nikon or Sony systems, but that would be silly because it would just show that Nikon or Sony aren't meeting my particular photographic needs. My comments would be pretty useless to all of the Nikon and Sony photographers whose needs are being met by those systems.
Comments like this fail to acknowledge the simple fact that, while we are all individuals, no one is isolated in their needs. I want more DR, you want something else. Well, many other people want more DR, as a collective group. Other groups want better AF, or more refined Auto ISO, or both WiFi and GPS. Just because one guy wants WiFi in a Canon DSLR doesn't mean no one else does.
I know for a fact that I am not alone on needing more DR. I'm renting cameras, from other brands, to figure out which one will meet my needs and expectations, so I'm not waiting for Canon to deliver. However, that does not change the fact that I WANT Canon to deliver (and, ideally, before I actually make a decision on another camera...but I don't have high expectations for that, especially not now, after this interview). I have a bunch of Canon lenses. I'd rather stick with the Canon system, especially because I think most of their lenses are excellent (some are rather lacking...I would really love a fast replacement for my 16-35/2.8 II that has much better corner IQ). I have Canon flashes, Canon battery grips, tons of Canon batteries and other accessories. I have a ton of Canon adapters for my Lee filter system. It's a PITA to totally switch brands...so, I want Canon to deliver. I'm not the only one, just as you are not the only one who wants them to deliver all the things you want.
However, I AM one of a group of people here who are regularly treated like idiots and fools writing useless words because we want more DR in a Canon camera. Why is it that DR specifically is singled out as something no one should be complaining about with regards to Canon cameras? Why are all the other things more acceptable things to complain about, like the lack of WiFi in the 7D II, or the lack in most of their models of an AF-linked meter for full 3D tracking like Nikon has, or any number of other things. It's perfectly fine and dandy to whine and complain about those things...but DR? Whew...watch yourself if to even mention DR...
jrista, I agree fullheartedly with you.
My take on this subject, sits outside the technical knowledge that many of you possess. Yet it comes from a Canon loyalist who can no longer ignore the CATCH-A-WAKE-UP SMACK! That is being dished out by so many.
I read a review, the sensor is met with a lukewarm reception. Same thing with video reviews and on forums. Hell, one of my mentors who has invested big money into Canon even went as far as saying that he is thinking about buying either a Sony with adaptor or the Nikon with the 12-24 because he is a landscape junky.
Can I fault anything else on the Canon system?[/b]
No I can't. Aside from the odd kink here and there, I simply cannot look pass the otherwise superb system.
Some of the very best lenses money can buy. A superb flash system. And all things considered, fantastic cameras too.
We have all sailed on this Canon ship for a while, yet now we're seeing many who sailed this journey with us, either jumping ship or not very impressed with what Canon is doing sensor wise.
There's contentions from many that the gap isn't that big. I disagree. It is a noticeable weakness that one's eye identifies in mere moments.
jrista, I'm very impressed with your photography and knowledge. It's nice to sound you out as a Canonista.
I am beginning to be very, very nervous that Canon will announce the 5Div with a re-hash of it's sensor technology. Canon must make a statement with the 5Div that will soundly put them back on a level playing ground for the very least.