@zlatko: It's not about any of that. It's simply data. There are lots of debates that go on about DR. There aren't very many RAW files that people can download and play with themselves. That's all this is about. I'm not trying to push anything with this thread. I'm just trying to provide data. People make decisions. It's useful to have data to back up those decisions.
YES, this is an extreme example. It's not intended to be a totally realistic demonstration. All it is supposed to do is give people who may have questions about what it really means to have more DR the ability to see for themselves. To actually download RAW files that they can open up in their preferred editor, work with themselves, and...see what's what. If some people conclude that more DR does nothing for them, fine. I don't care.
I simply care about providing some concrete data. The DR debate is never going to end until the playing field is level. So it's going to rage on. At least I can provide something people can reference. That's all this is. I am hoping I'll have the opportunity of photographing some landscape scenes tomorrow to provide some more realistic and balanced examples than this. Personally, I'm impressed with how well the A7r holds up under a 5-stop push (especially given it's compression). I don't think that's a particularly common scenario...but the data held up very well, all things considered. For smaller prints, like an 8x10, it's entirely viable.
It won't be any surprise to me if most of the responses to this thread are like yours, this is a Canon community, so it makes sense that people will decry the value of having more DR, defend their preferred brand, and even get hostile. That seems to be the nature of this community (sadly). Well, so be it. There's the data. Shred it as you will.
IMHO, I think a lot of Canon users know that DR of Canon camera is not the best and know the importance of DR, but they also try to point out that there is a lot of aspect that make up of a good camera not just DR... there is no perfect camera out there, so there is always some compromise when choosing a camera or camera system.... may be many user just don't put DR high in their priority list...
Also, IMHO, many users here get annoyed not because they want to defend their preferred brand (in this case Canon), but the fact that some of you keep bring up the same thing again and again in thread that are not related to DR.
Just my S$0.02 and enjoy your new toy... I mean camera...
Have a nice weekend.