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:-[  I gotta throw out an apology to the OP because unfortunately it appears that this thread has (yet again) devolved into a Mac vs PC debate and I don't think the OP has received much in the way of useful advice about his request.  I started out just wanting to counter the all too common 'Mac just works' lines and ended up writing a dang novel and falling into the tempting debate trap.

I don't think we went THERE per se.  ;D  He got the standard advice:
1) A desktop is more powerful
2) Some useful hardware suggestions
3) Some specific suggestions of systems

All we're missing is the "You should get Linux" guy.  Otherwise, it was pretty civilized and tame :)

Hi Folks.
Personally I wouldn't buy in to the Mac system after talking to an Apple Mac tech guy in a pub somewhere. He was explaining how apple decided to cludge together 2 drives using software to simulate a hybrid SSHD, (when SSHD were readily available) their software didn't work in many instances and one of their other tech guys had written a fix that they weren't supposed to give out so you had to "accidentally" terminate the call so they could call you back to tell you how to download and fix your computer! If you get disconnected they call you back but they are not allowed to record the call for training as you haven't initiated the call, therefore they can tell you without getting in to trouble! Really?
Just another example of Apple denying the existence of a problem?

Cheers, Graham.

Ps Yes I trust the tech guy, in a pub somewhere!

You're talking about the "Fusion Drive".  It's a software solution to what I have as an external drive, which is a hybrid.

Hybrid drives are just regular drives with a small SSD strapped on as an extra-large buffer.

When apple says SSD, it's an SSD.

'"accidentally" terminate the call so they could call you back to tell you how to download and fix your computer!'
Citation Required.  Seriously.  I'll grant you that their 'geniuses' are far from genuises, and there may be no documentation for an existing problem, but you're talking about a well-known, underhanded tech-support trick by end-reps that apple's support ethos would require firing for.

Specifically, Apple has NO PROBLEM with putting IN WRITING things that if we found out would find demeaning:

But hanging up on a customer, that's a rogue rep or a crappy manager, not a policy.

Please understand that I in no way have a beef with you or any Mac user.  I'm just stating things the way I see them and trying hard to be objective.  I've used both and just don't see a reason to spend more money simply for Apple to grant me the privilege to use their stuff.  Because eventually that's what it boils down to after you've bought into the Apple world.

There *are* a few points about "spend more money" -- compare the entry level MacBook Air or MacBook Pro to a high-end video card or a mid-level DSLR.  If you buy it the day it's launched @ MSRP, keep it 1.5-2 years, you can still sell it for a reasonable percentage of what a new one costs. 

In one instance, I got a MBA for $800 (Amazon deal), added Applecare and was able to sell it 2 years later for $800 (applecare stays with the device and you can verify that before buying used).

If you have an Apple Store (which I really, REALLY hate) nearby, they'll triage apple products for free.  Sometimes if something's OOW and totally dead (iPods and iPhones) they'll give you a discount on a refurb.  They *are* clueless if something involves going to the terminal, navigating into the Library and blowing out corrupt backups or something like that.

For me, I use them as "Linux for the Lazy".  It has the additional things that I find handy without having to install cywin and other things.

----- That said ----

I think we're on the same page.  All computers end up being expensive if you get something that's worth-while because decent hardware isn't cheap.  If I was to spec up "A Dell" for my mom to use, a desktop would end up in the $900-$1100 range

In the end, a $300 laptop, is, well, a $300 laptop.

Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 06, 2014, 10:07:17 AM »
1) If this is around $2400 or less, they'll do fine. 
2) With all this talk about Unicorns, I really have to warn you: Do NOT lick the Rainbow Unicorns.  Yes, they SMELL like Doritos, but if you actually taste one, you get that bakers chocolate/vanilla extract yuck taste.

(note - I am aware that I've just asked the computer equivalent of the Canon vs. Nikon question, but as this is not or whatever, please could I not invoke a flame war?!)

No, no you cannot. Now you're gonna get it.


1) SSD (or a hybrid drive) and enough RAM are a big deal.
2a) Windows - see if you can get something with Win7 64-bit, it's a usable OS
2b) Mac - Look at certified or base-models of what you're looking at, the further you get from base, the more "premium" you buy.

So, tablet Vs. laptop Vs. desktop:
1) You'd be surprised how much more usable an entry level 'ultrabook' (macbook air) is over a tablet, if you don't need true horsepower, they're much more usable for "everything" when you have a flat surface and a chair.  They're capable, but 3D rendering, leaky stuff like Flash, and things of the like will burn through battery time
2) Just like Tablet vs. Laptop, an entry level decent desktop will blow away a very good laptop, but you're not looking at those, so if it's laptop and performance you need, you're going to pay.

Bottom line, whatever you get:
Make sure it has USB 3.0
If you don't end up with a Mac, make sure it's not proprietary like a Mac, and you can swap HDD and RAM.

Good luck.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II - DXOMark Review
« on: November 05, 2014, 02:55:42 PM »
It's not the theoretical scores that matter, it's REAL WORLD lens cap photos where the proof is in the pudding  ::)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Roger Cicala cracks open 7D II!
« on: November 05, 2014, 08:40:48 AM »
What I'm interested to know is, will it bend in your pocket?

Only if you have a big-butt, skinny jeans, sit on a super-hard, contoured surface like a subway seat and don't notice something jabbing you.

"Bending in your pocket" is about as much of an issue as "light leak with the lens cap on".

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Roger Cicala cracks open 7D II!
« on: November 04, 2014, 02:54:52 PM »
FINALLY. Now my lens cap photos will be properly dark!

It's the couple's fault; looks like you did your job.

When I got married, the minister was VERY careful to warn us about this sort of thing.  He said it was our moment, but an intrusive photographer etc. would ruin things and he may ask them to back off.

We talked to the photog and he was totally cool, no issues had. Never even looked at the video . . . but then again, all we have is raw footage that I never got around to merge.

Of course, I say "get married on the cheap" now, and if it lasts 10 years, have a huge party/remarry.  It's a lot more meaningful, you don't put your self into debt before becoming stable, and you have completely different friends (mostly).

Reviews / Re: Camera Store Trashes New G7X
« on: October 28, 2014, 03:17:03 PM »
Looks like it's sensor is doing pretty well in DxOmark's testing

too bad about the other little foibles

Yeah the sensor seems great except the af performance of the camera. Really its a nice camera but it just is not for me. I need pictures that are consistantly in focus.

That's just weird.  Never saw any issue like that with the S100.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon is just like Apple
« on: October 28, 2014, 03:14:24 PM »
A couple of years ago, Tim Cook said that the iPhone and its 4" screen were big enough and that the "experience" was what counted, not the size. What a bunch of BS...
So people bought the available big phones and Samsung made a lot of money and took over the market.
Just 2 weeks ago, the iPhone 6 and 6+ went on sale and they already sold 10 million of them! Tim Cook was wrong and he knows it.
People want evolution and more is more, and bigger is usually better.
I, as a professional photographer, want more megapixels and a bigger screen to replace my 1DX.
Why not?
Canon probably lost a lot of faithful owners to the D800. Who wouldn't want one at the specs and price?
I am still very happy with Canon to take the plunge but they need to step it up or they will lose like Apple did.
Being late to the party is not a good business move.

Well, yes and no.  Canon is like Apple in a lot of ways, but I don't see this as really one of them.

IIRC it was Steve, not Tim that said 4" was enough. It wasn't the right time and it wasn't a mistake.  Saying it's enough because, inevitably something larger will have a market, that's a mistake. 

The iPhone 6 and 6+ are far too big (and at the same time, they are not).  The form-factor of the 5 should be kept, as, for a phone, it's a good size for most people.  Now, before anyone jumps on me about the 'too big', it's true, I should know, I have a "Times Square Jumbotron" right here in front of me . . . my hands are huge and it's a ridiculous size for a phone.  I was just about to buy an iPad mini, and, for the price of the 128GB one, couldn't rationalize the unwieldy size.  The iPhone 6+ is a great tablet, it's a serviceable phone.

Apple doesn't like to do things they don't utterly succeed at (except for making mice.  For some reason, apple took a lot of pride in how terrible their pointer devices were just like Subarus are unapologetically ugly).  They're not that big of a company, so they need to focus on what they succeed in.  Take the "low end" phone market.  The iPhone 5c numbers were good but the 5s outpaced it.  They did the right thing in gauging the market and not jumping in until they knew the sales were there, and could do it in the way they always do, with a reasonable profit margin.

I honestly don't believe they lost any money on people who swapped.  My ex listened to time and time again about android, but when it came right down to it, there was no switching.  Her iPhone 4s was stolen, and, with all her options open, she decided to stay with the Apple "ecosystem" (all my stuff's here anyways).

Here's the tie-in to Canon.  A friend of mine who shoots as well is a Nikon guy.  He was complaining nonstop about how long the D800 was taking to be released, and admiring my gear and shots . . . not once did he consider swapping.  There's a lot to be said for brand loyalty.  Yes, you may be missing out, yes, it may be something hugely useful . . . but very few people switch.  Only a few stick around here after doing so to constantly complain about it (I can think of one).

Another important difference between Canon and Apple is that on Canon forums, people lament their camera of choice, on Apple forums, they apologize for it.

Reviews / Re: Camera Store Trashes New G7X
« on: October 22, 2014, 03:18:45 PM »
You are probably right.  I probably misread it.  Thanks for the link, it says exactly what I thought all along.  Canon may have some faults but they are still an industry leader.  Apologies for my lack of understanding.
The board has gotten weird and unfriendly lately.  It's understandable.

I'm still curious to see how this stacks up against the S1xx cameras and other "G" class cameras.  I literally only have an iPhone and a 5Dmk3 now for cameras, having sold the other stuff or given the P&S stuff to my ex.

Pfft. I'll bet you'll see B&H bundles with this black friday.

Reviews / Re: Camera Store Trashes New G7X
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:23:05 PM »
I guess you didn't like the part about:

Noun/Latin Origin
- To never go the full step you really need to innovate and take over the market.

Take over the market from whom?   Who is the market leader for digital still cameras and dSLRs?

Some never let data get in the way of their beliefs.  They much prefer there own anecdotal acquisitions.
It seems that neuroanatomist asked a legitimate question, one which should have had a verifiable answer backed by data but you chose to brush it off.  Doesn't speak well for your position.
I hope you're wrong . . . but I read it as backing up neruo's point.  It's easy enough to search for a simple answer to the question:

Reviews / Re: Gizmodo reviews the Canon 7D Mark II
« on: October 21, 2014, 02:49:50 PM »
Edit: Sorry - got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning...  I shop at Best Buy - not sure why I threw them under the bus.   ;D

Please keep admissions like these to yourself  :o

You were right on the first shot!  ;D

the local best buy is better than the local camera store :(

That sucks.  Camera shops should be like the hobby store or liquor store where it's cool just to stop in and shoot the breeze.

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