Hi, have been reading these forums for a while.
After reading topics like this, i cant give in to the thought that my 5D mark II is overclassed by the D800.
Today i was in the opportunity to take some comparison shots in and outside of a store.
I had my zeiss 21, the nikon the 14-24; both respected lenses.
The nikon salesman asked for 400 iso, so we shot at moderate iso.
I didn't expect it, but no way the d800 showed better DR.
Sharpness is better on the zeiss/canon combo. Resolution of course the d800.
I learned my lesson today, i'll stick with my 5D for the next couple of years...
Ummm - I don't really understand.... why were you shooting wide angles outside at ISO 400? I hate to say it, but you missed an opportunity by not going down to ISO 100... that's where the Nikon's shine.
If you look at the tests the current Canon sensors basically "top out" at ISO 400... not offering anything extra going down toward 100... but the Nikon's keep adding DR and dropping noise.
Also this doesn't make sense: "Sharpness is better on the zeiss/canon combo. Resolution of course the d800."
What is sharpness to you if not resolution? How can the D800 have better resolution but worse sharpness? Is it because you're comparing 100% at their native resolutions or are you comparing how "sharp" jpegs are? You should downsample the D800 shots to the same resolution as your 5D and do that comparison again.
Not trying to be argumentative here... I just thought your test scenario and outcomes were a bit odd.