Sovern wrote in post #15332179
That's great but don't you agree that at iso 12800 the photo appears as if it as taken with a consumer grade point and shoot?
It lacks color and dynamic range maybe it's just me. I don't know the quality just looks really bad, highlights are clipped, there's a greenish tint, lots of noise and a lack of sharpness.
My goal is to be able to simply shoot portraiture and weddings I don't need to shoot sports or anything fast paced. 12MP can be blown up to poster size too, even 6MP is more than good enough for most prints I think that the new 18MP sensors are just Canon trying to keep up with Nikon or vice versa.
Well that shot is from the 1d4, and no that shot doesn't have what you say other than the wb may still be off as it is artificial light. There is absolutely no clipping, the only green on the shot is under her chin from a reflection off a table, and the details are sharp enough to render facial hair. Most likely the "noise" you keep seeing is nothing more than JPG artifacts from compression of the image due to POTN requirements and how it is being rendered on your screen of a machine that seems to chug on 18-22mpx images. Also in the blue area, what you may also be seeing is bokeh quality of an OOF window screen from the lens.
Since you keep using the same terms over and over, no matter what is posted unless it came from your camera, it is quite obvious what is going on here. You are making the right decision, stay with your XSi and $70 flash, as it seems you really have no need for much more and are able to make the most of that equipment. Your other posts in other threads are very interesting as well, where you say you have a calibrated monitor, and you could see things in photos others could not, even those that are professional photogs with high end equipment, then some of the shots you post as examples show the very thing you are pointing out in others' photos, sometimes worse. This thread in addition to how the Sigma lens thread went was very interesting. It sounds like this situation is a mix of "rose-colored glasses" and something to do with your computing equipment used to edit and view photos.
EDIT: I think it best to now get the thread back on track to being a comparison between the 7D and 1D4. If you would like to discuss dynamic ranges, colors, sharpness, etc of your XSi to any upgraded camera, I think it best to open a new thread and post your best samples to describe your concerns, and let others have a go, because we don't want this thread to be invariably locked down like the other(s). Good luck in your future endeavors.