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Paul Mo wrote:
I bought a 1D3. I loathe the 7D IQ - there's something nasty about it. The 7D was, IMHO, a camera that promised so much, yet had an achilles heel; an unforgivable level of noise, though both cameras suck in low light.
One of the phenomenons of the internet is that, once something gets said enough times on the internet, it becomes fact in the minds of people regardless of whether that alleged "fact" has anything in common with reality.
While, when comparing 7D and 1D Mark III images at the pixel level, the 1D Mark III wins, comparing at the pixel level is a completely meaningless comparison. The only meaningful comparison is at the image level, and, at the image level, 7D and 1D Mark III images are very comparable with regard to noise. And, if you need to crop that 1D Mark III image to match the field of view of an uncropped 7D image and then upscale the cropped 1D Mark III image to match the resolution of the uncropped 7D image, the 7D actually pulls ahead of the 1D Mark III with regard to noise. If you are shooting in focal length-limited situations and if cropping is going to be a necessity, not only will the uncropped 7D image show markedly more detail, but it will also have less noise than the cropped 1D Mark III image.
The 18 mp sensor is fabulous. Processing is key to get the most out of it.
One of the things that I often see that people who are unhappy with the noise in their 7D images have in common is that they try to compensate for other deficiencies in their images by over-sharpening them. I know that lots of things related to processing are matters of personal taste, but, for me, when an image is over-sharpened, it creates a very unnatural look, and it also ends up enhancing any noise that is in the image. Further, with most images, there is absolutely no need (or benefit) to sharpening the entire image. Instead, it is very simple to sharpen only the portion of the image to which you want the eye to be drawn, and one of the benefits of doing so is that it avoids emphasizing noise in areas of an image like a blue sky.