I currently own a Canon 1DsIII. I was planning on buying a Canon 5D III, but now that I have read that the 5D III has no improvement in dynamic range verses the 5D II or 1DsIII I have cancelled my order.
For those that have a D800, have you shot any comparitive shots of the D800 verses any of D3s, 5D II or 5D III all of which have about the same dynamic range of 12 or about 2 stops below the D800.
>I currently own a Canon 1DsIII. I was planning on buying a >Canon 5D III, but now that I have read that the 5D III has no >improvement in dynamic range verses the 5D II or 1DsIII I have >cancelled my order.
If dynamic range is important to you, then you made the right choice.
>For those that have a D800, have you shot any comparitive >shots of the D800 verses any of D3s, 5D II or 5D III
I have shot comparisons between the 5D2 and D800 and the D800 soundly trounces it.
>all of which have about the same dynamic range of 12 or about 2 stops >below the D800.
Actually, the 5D2 and 5D3 dynamic range is *much* less than 12 stops. Places that measure 11 or 12 stops or whatever (such as DxOMark) are only looking at *random* noise. But random noise is not and never was the problem with Canon. Their problem is *pattern* noise -- vertical and horizontal "bands" going through the image. These artifacts limit the usable dynamic range to 9 stops or less.
>Does it really up in the images?
Yes. People have been posting comparisons all around the web.
From what I have seen of posted images the 5DIII is better in noise, high ISO but at a real cost in arifacts and overly aggressive NR that wipes out detail, that can't be turned off. I was really surprised that in high ISO image tests the detail was better with the 5DII after the the 5DIII's NR got done with outputting the file. There are some bright spots, AF is supposed to be faster, surer and more decisive on the III. I shoot in events with people who use 7D and 5DII, with all L glass and my D7000 returns more detail and higher keeper rates, mostly due to high shadow noise and weird hard to fix banding with light gets low. I see that the same trend of seeking better noise suppression has taken front seat and the artifact and banding issue has remained. Otherwise,, with good light, they get good skin tones and the lenses perform well. So for some conditions both the 7d and 5DII and likely the 5DIII are very good cameras.....but not in the D800 league which does it all while producing extremely clean, artifact free files. Try some shots with deep shadows and dominate high tones and see the effective DR between the two brands is miles apart. Nothing in the Canon line has the shadow recovery options of the D7000, D800, D3x or D4.