This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F). Camera settings as per previous pages.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II (RAW) vs. Nikon D700 (RAW)
Canon EOS 5D Mark II: Canon EF 85 mm F1.8 lens, Manual exposure,
ISO 100, RAW, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard PS), Self-Timer
The Nikon D700 benefits more from shooting raw than the 5D Mark II, showing considerably better sharpness and resolution than the equivalent JPEG, and narrows the gap between these two cameras considerably (even given the huge pixel count disparity). But the 5D Mark II shows an improvement too, easily matching the D700 on a per pixel sharpness basis whilst offering noticeably more resolution for those that need it. So if you do need it, the 5D Mark II will give you much more latitude for cropping and enlargement; quite an achievement given that the price difference is nowhere near as large as the difference in pixel count.