Print and screen pixel peeping are 2 separate things... I think the pixel peeping is a dis-service for the camera as printing is what canon is aiming viewers to be excited about... the final product... not on peoples monitors blown up to 200% looking to find ways to tear apart their products... If you do that with the 5d2 or 3, I got news for you... you'll find noise too...
Read again... I wasn't blowing these "up to 200%". I am looking at the whole photo on my screen. Not zooming at all (ie I can see the edges of the photo). I am _not_ "pixel peeping" (I am _not_ looking at the photos at 1:1 with my screen. Just viewing the photo like anyone would.
Everyone: Print is only one final avenue for my prints. Most often they are enjoyed on high resolution monitors.
I agree that none of the noise present in the shots I've posted would not show up in any reasonably sized print.
THAT IS NOT THE POINT
The point is that I paid $1500 and am receiving _inferior_ quality at ISO 100-200 to the camera I bought 3 years ago for $700. THAT IS NOT GOOD.
No other arguments need to be made.
For my purposes (and for others who are interested in landscape photography) this body does not work.
As for the actual quality of some of the photos I posted: I totally agree guys... I wasn't taking any time at all to actually take attractive photos here. Any CA would have been fixed in lightroom (fixed automatically by just turning on lens adjustments). Blurring, etc would be fixed with tripods, etc. Please stay on target and talk about the noise.
The last photo I posted this morning was shot handheld at 1/1000 in bright daylight. There is no noticeable blurring in the photo beyond a bit of softening at the edges which is normal for this lens.
I can't even believe how far some people go to justify this stuff. There is no way I could keep this camera with this output for landscape photography. The first time I wanted to do a 25% crop (by which I mean crop down to a piece of the photo that is taking up approximately 25% of the original space) of a once in a lifetime photo SHOT AT ISO 100 I would want to blow my brains out.
When shooting at low ISO you should NEVER have to apply NR (or at least not much depending on how much you've cropped) and you should feel free to crank up the sharpness. Anything less is unacceptable.