OK guys. Tomorrow you'll have your raws (thanks for the info about acr!!!!). Try one at 1/4000 with lens cap on and 1sec with lens off, if possible. (totally dark and totally blown out)
70-200 II@135mm f/4, manual live view focus and iso 1600-3200-6400-12800-25600. Any suggestions for better settings?
I 'll upload the raw files to a filehosting site and we 'll discuss the results together
Do not forget that I'm shooting in a well-lit environment though.
Some people are interested in DR
Yes a raw shot at ISO 100, 1/8000th with lens cap on (better a body cap on, or at least make sure the lens does not have a maximum aperture faster than f/2.8, if you use an f/2 or f/1.4 lens or such the results will be bad) and also try to shade the front of the lens as much as you can (hidden under a coat or something, but they might think you are trying to steal it though), f-stop doesn't matter. And then take one with the lens on and cap off, ISO 100 again, lens wide open and maybe 2-3" exposure, something that makes sure parts of the scene are 100% blown out. For kicks you can also do the same at ISO160 so we can see how they do the 1/3 ISOs this time.
Then we can see if the DR matches that measured from the masking area (likely) and if this sample is radically different from IR's or not (not likely) and we can get a much better look at the look of the noise and see if it looks nicer than the 5D2 noise (less banding and stuff that sticks out to the eye in more bothersome ways than tight-grained, random noise).
And it is kind of funny that whoever off the street handles the new bodies for 10 seconds always seems to be bale to put up sharper/better images than anything Canon ever puts itself, even after having all the time in the world to select images to post.