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Speed issues with LR4 should be fixed now. It should run the same as LR3.. anyway...
The D800 sensor in low ISO *IS* better than the 5d3's. I agree. No arguments. However, the differences are not night and day as your example shows.
The major difference between those two files is in post production, not sensor...
I'm not "defending" Canon on this point, but I also wouldn't want people to get the wrong idea that Canon cameras can't produce nice colours and tones.... they can. In fact, that's a major reason I use Canon. I personally prefer the colours and tones...Show more →
LR4 is a dog. Plain and simple. Some people don't have issues, others do, a quick search around here will reveal that. Just because you don't experience them doesn't mean others don't.
I wouldn't say the differences are night and day. It really depends on what application you are using them for. I shoot mainly portraits, not so many weddings (10 or so a year). For weddings this camera doesn't make too much sense, but its still phenomenal. Can you get the files to look very similar? Certainly, for the most part. But, unless you have tested both cameras with identical files from each camera, it's hard for someone to tell me differently, because I see the difference. And its not just simple Canon/Nikon preference, and I'm not talking technical pixel-peeping either, but real world application. The D800 is hands down a better sensor. And not just at low-ISO.
I've been shooting Canon since 2005. I never considered Nikon, until February. Sure, the 36mp allured me to try out the D800, because I had been on the verge of looking at medium format digital. Then when samples were posted, I was SUPER tempted to just jump ship. The 5D3 swayed me back, and you can read my review on that. Superb camera, the best Canon body every made.
However, the differences are not simply just post production, thats a little naive to say I think, unless you've tested both and can show me what you don't see that I do.
The D800 is the closest thing to medium format digital, and boy does it get close. Can the body and functions be improved? You bet, but, the sensor (not resolution) is hands down the most amazing sensor I've ever tested. And that means something to me, outside of post-production.