Charlie wrote in post #17098761
well, it's not the most difficult shot to produce TBH, even canon can easily produce that shot via blending, and it would do a better job if that original were blended as well. The DR should really be reserved for emergency purposes. That looks like a 3-4 stop recover, and I bet at 100%, there's some noise in the recovery.
3-4 stop recover and the D800 handles it just fine with a very usable level of quality, that's the advantage of the sensor. To achieve the same shot on the 5D Mark III you'd need to resort to graduated filters and/or HDR.
davesrose wrote in post #17098757
No it doesn't. It may show noise handling, but true dynamic range is the area where there's the greatest light intensity. That image's light intensity is well below 8 stops even.
There were two examples provided, of severe underexposure with shadows raised by 5 stops. And of overexposure with highlights pulled by 4 stops. It very effectively displays dynamic range as far as the photographer is concerned, and how effective the cameras are at recovering information.