But perhaps I'm missing part of what you mean?
I'm saying that - with just a little bit of care and effort on a user's part - it's possible to make images that match the D700 in terms of IQ: perhaps with a D700 it might
be easier (although as I suggest, that depends on things like what you're shooting and whether you're focal-length limited), but it's still easy
with the 7D.
So spend some time researching which converters get the best out of 7D files (plenty of info about that on the net) and use them - hardly an onerous task.
Then, post process the files intelligently. In terms of the steps and techniques I use, I'm using exactly
the same PP workflow I used to use on my 40D: I don't "capture" sharpen on conversion, and instead, sharpen selectively in PP using nothing more complicated than a duplicate layer and the Eraser brush.
I also apply NR selectively if needed, the same way.
easy, it's quick, and it's no trouble at all.
7D files dealt with like this match the likes of the D700 right up the ISO scale.
I've posted 6400 ISO
) and 12800 ISO
images from my 7D before (3200 ISO
) and they want for nothing
. Yes they're "only" at web sizes, so you're going to have to trust me when I say that they print really well too.)
If the little
bit of extra time my PP involves is too much trouble for some people, that's their problem. I take the view that if it's worth doing, it's worth doing properly
- I realise that I may be a minority voice there...The exif is in all of those - they're all in low light or "available dark"
Suffice to say, the only IQ "problem" the 7D has is that careless sharpening can cause problems: keep away from capture sharpening, and apply such sharpening as you need selectively, and the 7D's IQ is as clean as a whistle at the image level
(this last being the final piece of the puzzle - I can pretty much guarantee that people who complain about 7D noise are looking at the files at 100%).