I have taken THOUSANDS of frames in light like this with numerous FX cameras. And I can assure you, the results would have been very similar. This is why I shoot RAW. A $3000 D800 is not the answer, and neither is a $50k Leaf/Aptus, or any other common photographic system. The answer is lifting the shadows in post just like we had to do with film back in the day.
>Your FX (D800e) dynamic range comparison/capabilities were >just what I needed. If the original results are even close to >a FX camera then my quest for a substantially better >dynamic range is futile. I'll just concentrate on using the >tips you and others have provided. > >Jerry >