Waiting for raw support in my raw processor before I can do investigations myself.
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Canon has done some real work on the blacks, I can move the black slider in LR4 all the way to the right without seeing any banding.
How do all the high end medium format digital backs get such good DR? do they read at a higher true bit rate though sampling before the AD converter?
the comparisons are between different sensor generations, with 2+ years difference in release. A more relevant comparison would be between the 5d MkII and D700 or the 7D and D300s. Even the 1D MkIV is now over two years old.
I won't start an argument over Nikon vs. Canon, but since you say you know about these things: From what I see, a Canon raw image with "highlight tone priority" is not linear - or am I mistaken?
I think the videos speak for themselves...modern sensors, including canons, offer far more DYNAMIC range than 7-8 stops.
the dynamic range on the nikons isnt so much the sensor, but more their active-d lighting. Canon has their HTP, which isn't as good IMo, but if you shoot RAW....
That and since Nikon are using Sony sensors =P
that said, it might seem that Canon are lagging behind slightly - but the product is still brilliant - and if you were to threaten to jump ship because of that you're failing to see the big picture, or have too much cash. If Nikon *did* somehow win this round - and they haven't because Canon hasn't even revealed their cards yet - theres still no reason to jump ship, Canon will come right back, because thats the way it is.