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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2013, 12:47:57 AM »
I was looking to pick up a Mac Air because I want something light and convenient for viewing and editing photos in the field...but then I noticed the Retina display on the MacBook Pro, the resolution is so much greater than the Air...and more power.

It would be mainly for viewing and editing photos in Aperture and Nik....and surfing the web.

Any thoughts from owners of either would be appreciated.
I'd go with neuro's solution probably, a MBA and a 27" Cinema Display.

The MBA is pretty speedy, and the Cinema Display is epic.  I'd also consider a 21.5" iMac and a base model MBA.

Disclosure: I'm an Apple Certified Support Pro, and an Apple certified Aperture Pro, but I'd seriously give the Lightroom 5 beta a try.  I find I'm editing my photos in it then adding the JPEGs to Aperture.  For more difficult images I'll use DXO. *embarassed*

I can't give up the nice syncing and faces/places features Aperture has, but I prefer the look of my RAWs developed in LR5 or DXO.
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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2013, 12:47:57 AM »

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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2013, 01:01:52 AM »
Get the Mac Book Pro - its more manly!!!!

Errrm, more heavy...

13inch MBA           Weight: 1.35 kg (2.96 pounds)
13inch MBP Retina Weight: 1.62 kg (3.57 pounds)
13inch MBP           Weight: 2.06 kg (4.5 pounds)

I have a 13 inch MBP, but if buying right now, I'd get the Air.

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Really weight should be a factor? With the weight of all the gear price,performance and SCREEN should be the only concerns for processing photo's. really the air is not that light.
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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2013, 03:18:08 PM »
I was looking to pick up a Mac Air because I want something light and convenient for viewing and editing photos in the field...but then I noticed the Retina display on the MacBook Pro, the resolution is so much greater than the Air...and more power.

It would be mainly for viewing and editing photos in Aperture and Nik....and surfing the web.

Any thoughts from owners of either would be appreciated.
Honestly, the display on the 13.3" MacBook Pro with Retina is gorgeous. The 1280x800 resolution of the screen on this laptop is perfect for me. The display is bright, very bright, sharp and has excellent viewing from side to side, brilliant for editing photos. I'm a little conflicted with the glossy screen but by it's nature an anti-glare will reduce sharpness of the screen image. By having the glossy screen you have an amazingly bright, clear and sharp image that is just beautiful to view.
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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2013, 12:53:20 PM »
MBP all the way. THe air has integrated graphics whereas the MPB has dedicated switching graphics.
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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
« Reply #19 on: September 27, 2013, 12:13:04 AM »
MBP all the way. THe air has integrated graphics whereas the MPB has dedicated switching graphics.
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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
« Reply #20 on: September 27, 2013, 04:14:46 AM »
FWIW, 10 days ago I bought a Mac Book Pro 13.3 inch (2.6 GHz Intel Core i5, Retina Display, 256GB SSD, 8GB DDR3 RAM & Integrated Intel Graphics) ... I was planning on using it for editing photos while I'm traveling, but I find myself using it more than my iMac  ... currently I'm running lightroom 5.2 & PS CS6 (with a few plugins) ... it feels a lot lighter and thinner than my earlier MBP (core i7, mid 2012 model) and works very well and lot does a very good job of running lightroom 5.2 & CS6 simultaneously ... and the Retina display is awesome as always.
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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
« Reply #21 on: September 27, 2013, 06:04:00 AM »
Buy a MacBook Air if you enjoy reduced editing performance.

Buy a MacBook Pro if you enjoy fast editing performance.

Buy a HP ZBook 15 or ZBook 17 with DreamColour display if you want a proper portable professional editing workstation.  The HP wins in my opinion for these reasons:
- Quadro K2000 graphics - Adobe CS6 and CC offer much higher performance with CUDA acceleration and Open GL.
- DreamColour has a palate of over 1 billon colours as opposed to Mac's 16.7 million.
- ZBook is a certified Adobe platform, meaning HP and Adobe develop their solutions together to ensure fewer issues and higher performance.

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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
« Reply #21 on: September 27, 2013, 06:04:00 AM »

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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
« Reply #22 on: September 27, 2013, 07:37:56 AM »
I have a 13" MB Air and a 17" MB Pro (wish they'd bring that back - especially as a Retina display!).  If you travel, or want to use it on the go, the Air is awesome.  I'm not sure I'd want to do much serious editing on even a 15" display, retina or not.  Budget permitting, get the Air and a 27" Thunderbolt Display to use with it at home. Max out the RAM, and for extra storage at home consider a Thunderbolt HDD.
I have the 15" Retina display MB Pro. I am using it for editing in the field and generally I am very happy with it. At home I have the 27" iMac. There are very few instances where I end up reediting images that have been through Lightroom on the MB Pro. The Retina display is excellent. The Air is lighter, but not that much more. The difference is less than my RRS BH-55 ball head ...
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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
« Reply #23 on: September 27, 2013, 08:04:48 AM »
I got 17" mbp and the thing about weight is bullshit if you can't see details or horrible noise on a tiny display. How can you even edit photos on that? Also it got hit by a full camera setup with tripod falling on it (not the tiny one) to get only a small dent in paint, it crashed from a chair, several times (don't place your notebook on a chair it's horrible idea), from an improvised table height of normal one and guess what broke? nothing! It broke the ground.. well my HDD failed once but we all backup don't we? I didn't back then, had to learn the hard way :(. I bought it because of 1920x1200 and I would go for retina 15" any time and not regret the extra weight and size over 13" it's not that much really because my 17" MBP is still smaller than most of the 15" notebooks of other brands and I've seen several of those plastic things fall for their death. If you want to edit photos even semi seriously, go for the biggest with best resolution you can. If you must, get the 13" get the pro, it's called pro for a reason.

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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
« Reply #24 on: September 27, 2013, 08:15:48 AM »
The Air is way to lightweight in power and comparing my MBPro to a classmate's there is little physical difference. Skip your mortgage payment and get the MB Pro with retina and 16 GB of RAM.  If you are a student or have a student in your household get the educational discount and save a couple hundred bucks either way.  If you render video then the MBPro all the way.
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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
« Reply #25 on: September 27, 2013, 10:03:50 AM »
FWIW, 10 days ago I bought a Mac Book Pro 13.3 inch (2.6 GHz Intel Core i5, Retina Display, 256GB SSD, 8GB DDR3 RAM & Integrated Intel Graphics) ... I was planning on using it for editing photos while I'm traveling, but I find myself using it more than my iMac  ... currently I'm running lightroom 5.2 & PS CS6 (with a few plugins) ... it feels a lot lighter and thinner than my earlier MBP (core i7, mid 2012 model) and works very well and lot does a very good job of running lightroom 5.2 & CS6 simultaneously ... and the Retina display is awesome as always.

I have the 13.3" MBP retina and the new 11" MBA. Buy both if you can afford it. Despite what the Tarzans say about weight, every oz or g saved makes a difference for me when I travel, especially as I go everywhere in the world with only cabin baggage. Both are awesome.
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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
« Reply #26 on: September 27, 2013, 10:59:03 AM »
I have the 13.3" MBP retina and the new 11" MBA. Buy both if you can afford it. Despite what the Tarzans say about weight, every oz or g saved makes a difference for me when I travel, especially as I go everywhere in the world with only cabin baggage. Both are awesome.

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The 11" mba means you can take it with you whenever you want and not even consider it.  With the mbp, the weight *is* a concern and you'll find yourself not bringing it when you don't think you need it.

WHATEVER the OP goes with, I highly recommend a computer with a SSD OR a Fusion Drive.  If you get a MBP, pay the extra for that; in the end, that will be your bottleneck.
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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
« Reply #27 on: September 27, 2013, 11:05:34 AM »
OP here....I've been waiting for the new MB pro to be announced. (should be any day now)  I wanted to see the specs before I bought either.

i'm hoping they reduce the weight further in the mbpro.

and as previous posters have mentioned...weight is a big deal to many, and for me.
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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
« Reply #28 on: September 27, 2013, 11:48:23 AM »
15" MBP has a quad core processor. Air only has the duo. No matter how much you upgrade the Air, it will never match the Pro. I recently purchased the 15" MBP as a secondary portable solution., Its been amazing in terms of display, processing power and battery life, and great for tethering while on shoots. If you are planning on editing RAW photos, the macbook air isn't going to cut it. Easily worth the extra investment and no regrets.
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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
« Reply #29 on: September 27, 2013, 12:25:37 PM »
I really dont understand how photographers who say they are looking for a notebook to view and edit in the field will spend over $2000 (15" with retina) for something that contributes nothing to your photography - i am presuming that final editing will be done on a larger workstation type system at home/office. I have a Levovo that i paid 350$ for that is extremely thin and light and fits in my backpack and has tons of storage space with LR installed - Cant justify the extra 1700$. Especially that Im saving up for a long L.

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Re: Thinking of getting a Mac Air or a MacBook Pro...can't decide, thoughts?
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