Light is the great equalizer
The Canon 7D
The Nikon D800E
Side by side:
This is not to say either camera is bad but this test does illustrate that lighting is often more critical than body's or lenses. Both camera's were set up manually and calibrated by the same external light meter 1/250, F8, ISO100
So here is the big question:
The 7D image was shot with the EF 28-135mm 3.5-5.6 lens - Total price with camera around $1,699.00
The D800E version was shot with the AF-S VR-Nikkor 70-200MM - Total price with camera $5,693.90
Strobe used Flashpoint 1820A - $309
Do you see a massive quality difference between the shots?
Once again I am reminded that a camera is nothing more than a light capturing instrument; light is the great equalizer!