[DR is] the very essence of image capture!
Oh, is that right, now?
Firstly: any problems with the DR in these images, from my "lowly" 7D?This
I'll answer for you. No, there isn't.
The fact is, DR isn't nearly the unattainable Holy Grail that the whiny, incompetent, malcontent trolls on here would have you believe - and the 5D Mk III is a damn' sight better than the 7D.
Secondly: the base ISO DR advantage of the Noink is just that - the base ISO
DR advantage. As soon as you're north of 100 ISO, things are more or less even, and eventually actually become a 5D Mk III advantage as ISO increases.
I never, ever
shoot at base ISO, because - for me - shutter speed is always infinitely
more important than some notional DR advantage at ISOs I never use: and besides, the images above prove that there's all the DR any reasonable person could reasonably want in any Real World situation - you've just got to know how to get to it, and many don't.
More to the point, I've yet to see the image from any of the whiners that "only
" the D800 could produce - and that's because it doesn't exist
Frames Per Second matters
: the wing position of this Short eared owl
is "perfect" - not because of any Ninja-like reflexes on my part that allowed me to react to the millisecond to capture the perfect wing position, but because my 7D had the FPS to get just the right moment: I would literally
have had only half the likelihood of getting this image if I'd been shooting the D800, and in my experience of bird and sport photography, 6 fps is the lowest frame rate that I would happily work with.
Getting the point yet? The D800 is a nice enough camera, but a complete and utter irrelevance in my world, delivering precisely no useful performance improvements whatsoever
for my photography.
The only thing I like about the D800 over the 5D Mk III is the pixel density - but that doesn't get close
to outweighing its practical shortfalls in every other context that matters to me.
But you're doing what so many on here do: you assume that what you shoot is what everyone else shoots, that what you want from a camera is all anyone could want from a camera, and that this is therefore all that matters
when evaluating one body against another.
Well, you're wrong. Completely, utterly, and unequivocally wrong.