I've gotten a heck of a lot more than 8 stops out of the D3x! I don't believe DxOMark's nearly 13 stops, but I don't believe 8 stops either... I'd say (from 25,000+ shots on my D3x) that 11 is a pretty good estimate. It really reaches deep into the shadows in 14-bit mode, while holding highlight detail as well. Of course, the first and last of those stops are equivalent to Zones II and VIII - texture, but not full detail. From prints I've seen from Hasselblad and Phase systems, the D3x is comparable (not better, but also not worse) in printed DR. Of course, I haven't made those Hassy/Phase prints myself, and I don't know exactly how they were made (other than that they were large prints being used as manufacturer samples at a show, so one would hope they had done a decent job). Any digital system in this range is going to have MUCH more DR than an average film scan, which was my initial point (substitute your favorite MF system for my D3x and the point is exactly the same)... If it's even possible to get equivalent DR out of any film, it would have to be a slow B+W film, and a fairly special scan. Drum scans of 8x10 range from $100 on up, and the equipment is even more expensive than a P65+ (not to mention difficult to use).