I am sure that were I to use C1 for the phase files or phocus for the CF files I might get better results so this is just for a quick comparison.
Eric, what a fun test (at least for us nerds).
- I would have loved to see a textured material or other detailed subject matter alongside the smooth stepper chart. Obviously harder to find a stepper pattern with texture/detail, especially the 3 dimensional (rather than printed) kind.
- I would love to compare the Canon, Phase, and Leaf files in Capture One vs. LightRoom vs. Etc (my interest dwains quickly after that, but Aperture, Irrident Raw Developer would be my next two). In particular the pattern noise in the Canon, in my experience, is much better handled in Capture One.
Part of the real world application of dynamic range, in my opinion, is not only how much noise you get, but what KIND of noise and how well it can be handled by the raw processor of your choice, and how that noise+raw_processor affects the overall look of the image, tonal transitions, and detail. That's why I say I'd love to see both textured/detailed material as well as including software in the mix, especially when Hassy and Team Phase One (Leaf/Phase) but a lot of effort into eaking out that last bit of detail/information in the file, often through proprietary/dedicated means (e.g. the black cal file).
I'd much rather have those two things than "quantitative" Imatest data which is quite one dimensional in it's real world application.
Still, I want to emphasize my appreciation for your test and your efforts. I know all too well that no matter what test you run or how carefully/well-meaning someone (actually many people) will find something they would have done differently.
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