It is my view that dynamic range is best assessed using real field shots.
This series evaluates noise shooting an extremely high contrast outdoor scene using exposures from 1/500 to 1/2500. It explores how well highlights are preserved as well as how much noise accrues in the shadows with a push and a shadow boost. Also includes advice on how to expose for such scenes.
Includes images up to full camera resolution, as well as crops, all from 1/500 to 1/2500 in 1/3 top increments. Also included are RawDigger histograms.
Toggle to compare to the as-processed image.