I have not posted on this forum in a long time, but quite by accident, last night I stumbled upon a way to turn off the annoying CE-dimming in Standard mode on my UN60ES8000. And, the difference is, well..., night and day!
Like I say, this happened accidentally when I selected the wrong input with the remote's Source button. After a recent DirecTV Genie upgrade, I now have some sort of DTV media server (that I have never used) as a source on my TV. When I noticed I selected the wrong source I cancelled out of the server startup and switched inputs to DVI-2. Then, all of a sudden...BINGO! The CE-dimming in Standard mode was turned off.
When what happened finally sunk in and I realized I was seeing what I was really seeing, I stuck the Disney WOW disc into my OPPO Blu-ray player and headed straight to the expert calibration tools. The results were startling. I immediately had to back down the backlight from its previous setting of 10, to 6. With more time and further tweaks, I'm sure I could go even lower (say 4 or 5). Once I did that, I slightly adjusted the Brightness and Contrast and then checked out the three test images. Wow! I observed a level of black detail I have never before seen on this TV, plus no crushed blacks or blooming whites. Basically, I was getting the full benefit of Standard mode processing (micro-dimming ultimate, etc) without the full screen annoyance of CE-dimming.
I even checked out a couple of 3D Blu-rays (including the previously problematic Avengers disc). Once again, my previous 3D backlight setting of 14 had to be cranked down to 6. Once I did that, the 3D popped off the screen and there was a newfound depth and clarity to the overall picture with virtually no cross-talk (where before, there had been much with this particular disc).
So, what does it all mean? I'm not exactly sure, but for one thing, it means CE-dimming CAN be turned off on ES8000 series TVs. Why Samsung has steadfastly been keeping this a secret is anyone's guess.