Interesting. I have a few questions to ANYONE, including the writer of the article.
1. Has ANYONE really tested CURRENT Dslr's ....lets say the D3X....DIRECTLY against the ....say....P65+ unit to see what TRUE DR numbers are?
2. If so please present your findings and if you have any proof at all, please let them flow.
My hunch is....DSLRs are better than the Mark assumes (as he says others SHOULD not talk if they havent done the tests....then goes on to say that his DSLR data is not from a test like he reccomends, but from heresay from the company.) I think this is why so many people are ticked off. Oh and the 30 feet comment.....ok guys....for somone to say WHOA! look at the DR on that picture....well that is absolutly SILLY. No one knows how much DR is in a shot they know nothing about....come on. Even if it was said....it would be totally silly that the person had all the information to really make a definitive statment about the DR of the picture printed.....no more than a person would be able to comment on noise quality of a camera from a downsized picture posted on the web.
About DXO....well they are off quite a bit, but in all fairness, they are off quite a bit consistantly. As such even if the numbers are off based on the mechanical and not human perception testing procedures, apples are compared to apples with the test. So with DXO numbers being off from real world...I would say that it would be quite silly to assume that the numbers are BETTER on the MF kit, and WORSE on the DSLR kit.....thats just not very logical. Actually that would sound very emotional.....and emotions rarly have any merit when your on the hunt for facts.
So my proposal is, somone who has both cameras.....DO THE TEST.....put this all to rest. Sure the emotional ones will continue to argue over testing procedures, etc.
I know I get about 8 full usable stops of info on my D300 using 14bit RAW files. A bit more than assumed in the article. I expect MF backs to do better than my D300.
I suspect the real numbers with the D3X and MF kit to be more like D3X 10 usable stops, and a solid 12 - 12.5 usable stops of DR for the MF kits.
Anyone want to place any bets?