Elsewhere, someone worked on a 7DII raw file and found rather clean shadows:
This is way out of my expertise, and all though it looked good from a shaddow point of view, I would have liked to see a few more examples. The steel railings (which in the original is quite dark) are somewhat smudgy in the shaddowenhanced picture. I am not sure if that is the way the steelrailing looks inherently, but could also resemble some sort of banding, could it not?
I gotta be honest, those railings don't look smudgy at all to me. What I see are weathered railings with different patches of discoloration due to sun/wind/rain. It's pretty common in moist/humid environments. And if that's the case, and that's the detail we're seeing, this sensor is sick!
I'm a nobody that has a 7D for fun amateur stuff, but I'll share my thoughts anyway
1. I agree. The rails aren't smudgy at all. I pulled the pic into LR. The rails clearly have bird poop, discoloration, weather worn metal, water spots, sun reflection, etc...
2. Canon knows they need to have much less noise on the 7D2 compared to the 7D. Personally, I was never happy with any image over ISO400 on the 7D because it was too noisy. I'm hoping for usable images at 1600 or 3200 ISO and I think that is good for this APS-C camera.
I suspect it will be somewhere around 75% as good as a 5D3/6D and about 25-50% better than the 70D. If that's the case, I'll buy one. I would love to have the 5D3, but I don't take enough pictures to justify the price.
Anyhoo, let's go back to examining tiny pixels