>>I think even the DPRieview documented this increase. If >>there's a trade off, I haven't seen it. It seems to me >that >>with their "higher-end" units, Nikon presets >are >>VERY conservative. > >Sorry, but this makes no sense to me. Why would they preset >the camera to some lower dynamic range setting? The camera >manufacturers are very competitive and are trying to squeeze >every single bit of performance they can during engineering >design. There must be a downside to this setting.
Well when you find it, let me know. Perhaps noise in darker aspects of an image could be inroduced, but I haven't found this.
The fact is Nikon has set their contrast and sharpening settings lower than Canon for years... I seem to recall a review or two saying this very thing way back when the D80/D200 cycle were released. Nikon seemed to assume more deliberate PP by the user. JPEGs straight from the camera were softer than competitors...
> >>The Sharpening on a D7000 can EASILY be >>raised quite a bit, with no downside... > >I can quickly think of three huge downsides: Increased noise >at high ISO settings. No option for selective sharpening in >post. Reduced options for output sharpening.
I'm saying this from actually using the D7000. The factory level of sharpening can easily be raised (at least to 6), with no downside...
>>(Rockwell >Ken has some good stuff on his web site and a whole lot of not >so good stuff on his web site.
I never liked KR's review of Sigma lenses because I thought they were skewed. I also disagree with his tendency to only shoot JPEG's. But his DSLR guides are free and cut right to the chase. His experience of the D7000 matches what I'm seeing to a 't'.