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I think, though not sure, that it's calculated by the slope of the gamma function.  Where did you find this reference to 800%?

I have an old Panasonic Varicam where, I assume broadcast DR is 100% and about 6 stops.  And 500% setting is about 11 stops.  If that helps you 🙂

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Its a common LUT in most Sony cameras  .. or MLUT as they call them.. the M being Monitor.. its a gamma curve .. used for monitoring slog .. useful in the EVF and to monitors .. is that where you are seeing it..

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Stops above native, whatever native is for that camera.

Stops double the amount of light every time, so 800% is three stops above 100% (200%, 400%, 800%.)

Er, I think.

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How much stops there are between 0 and 100% is limited your camera's signal to noise ratio. Say, an F900 had, as far as I remember, 54 dB, which means you won't ever distinguish more than 9 stops in the 0 to 95 (or wherever the knee circuit kicks in) IRE range. 6dB equals a stop. Then you add 3 stops  (=800%) of range cramped in the highlight (say, 95...105) region nonlinearily - either using knee or with some gamma that has a shoulder (like a film H&D curve). In the latter case it's a bit more complicated since the whole "percents" terminology comes from the world of broadcast-legal video that doesn't necessarilly get color graded. 

Edited by Michael Rodin

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