Hmm, any other pictures you can share? How do you like it after the change. To be honest I'm a bit disappointed with the results of the before/after test. I keep telling myself that the 5DII would have much higher image quality without the AA filter, but your comparison shot doesn't really show what I was hoping to see. Perhaps I'm heading to Sony land.
To frame my comments, I switched from Canon to Leica a few years ago and ascribed a lot of the difference to the absence of the AA filter on the DMR. I'm sure that contributed to the look, but perhaps not as much as I thought.
Perhaps to convey to us the difference that you are seeing, can you tell us the difference in capture sharpening that you are using. On the Canons I needed quite a lot, less so on the Nikon D2x and just a hint of LCE on the Leica.
I recently used the 5DmkII and a H3DII on a beauty shoot. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at the look of the 5DmkII.
Usually it takes a round of sharpening to bring out the texture of the skin, but this time the image felt more "3 dimensional" right away upon capture.
To put it in context, when shooting with my medium format digital backs I rarely see a need for sharpening the image. Better microcontrast for sure.
With a DSLR sharpening is always necessary.
After the modification the amount of sharpening I use has decreased.
On a pixel level, edges are more distinct
I always felt that the difference between my MF files and DSLR files was that the DSLR image was always abit flatter. I attribute this to the way that pixels on the edges tend to blend into each other abit.
I believe that's why also you see a difference with your leica
Overall I was hoping that the effect would be more prominent but I am aware that the modification removed only one AA filter, (the horizontal one?) whereas the other AA filter (vertical) is stuck onto the sensor itself. Maybe that's why the Leica has a more distinct look?
But for me every single bit of resolution counts in the kind of work I do which is detail intensive, alot of small edges and details. It's abit of a psychological effect too seeing the image straight out of the camera looking nice and crisper to a degree (slightly better microcontrast)
To clarify, I'm speaking from my experience using a 1Ds MkII and a 5D MkII
Hopefully I have more examples to share in the future!