Added by mls149
January 30 , 2015
Canon 7D MK II Dynamic Range
I do not own a 7D MK II, but I am interested in one. I am a photographer of 45 years, a professional who has supported my family for this whole time and put my kids thru College doing nothing but photography. I have worked at News Wire Services, Newspapers, Magazines, done weddings, portraits, etc, etc. I am a bit confused by the DR numbers on the 7D MK II. I am looking at 2 other "independent" lab tests on this camera and they both show it to have about 12 stops of DR at 100 iso, with the D7100 having the same, then the D7100 falling behind the 7D MK II about one stop in DR until iso 800. Then the D7100 pulls ahead by about a stop through iso 6400. This is not a big deal to me, as I (and any other pro I know) have never shot any serious landscapes without bracketing in the past 45 years, regardless of DR. But it does raise the question - with this slight difference in test results, it appears that in some Labs, the Canon's sensor may be better than you state, at least in DR, and the Nikon D7100's worse. Given the negative press that your sensor rating has given this camera, it makes one wonder just WTF is the real story. Is there room for a half stop error in DR on both these cameras? If so, I could see why other labs may find the outcome a bit different. Food for thought.
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