The range on the D100 is indeed MORE than 5 Stops, based on my own testing. It seems that the range is about the same, or even a bit more than Provia F 100 ISO. Moose was right! I was wrong!
I used the spot meter in my D100 to meter this scene in various spots. I fully expected the sign to be blown out, or the leaves to be dark and imperceptible. Sigh!...they were neither. The D100 held the image in its full glory. This is GOOD for all of us!
I am forthwith modifying all my highly opinionated articles to reflect my new humility. Look at this proof: