User Tag List

Thanks useful information Thanks useful information:  1

View Poll Results: Do you Use Mac or Windows for Photo Work

Voters
67. You may not vote on this poll
  • WINDOWS - my preference

    30 44.78%
  • MAC - for photo processing

    24 35.82%
  • WINDOWS - Mac next purchase

    7 10.45%
  • MAC - I am professional photographer

    6 8.96%
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 36

Thread: New PC Purchase - Mac or Windows

  1. #1
    The Commander mikew09's Avatar
    Join Date
    27 May 2009
    Location
    Lowood, Queenland
    Posts
    4,737
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    New PC Purchase - Mac or Windows

    Team,
    I a drawing close to a PC upgrade sometime this yr. I am less than 12 months into photography and have always been a Windows / Intel man but seems to me that my PC tool is not ideally suited for what I want to use it for.
    I assume that all serious photo type people would use Mac or prefer too if within the budget. A couple of fwork buddies have just gone down the Mac stream, Mac Book Pro and a very large and brilliant screen desktop.

    Went to good old JB and had a play with the new Mac and WOW - this is what I need for my photo processing.

    So thought I would poll to see if my assumption is correct.
    Please be honest with your Critique of my images. I may not always agree, but I will not be offended - CC assists my learning and is always appreciate

    https://mikeathome.smugmug.com/

    Canon 5D3 - Gripped, EF 70-200 L IS 2.8 MkII, , 24-105 L 4 IS MkI, 580 EX II Speedlite, 2x 430 Ex II Speedlite


  2. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    28 Dec 2009
    Location
    Yokine
    Posts
    986
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I voted for Mac simply because that is what I am using. Bought mine last year and am very happy with it, but up until then had been using a PC for decades.
    Of the two there is not a lot of difference as you end up using the same software on either. My choice was based on the mac simply working and having what I thought I needed from day one. In hindsight I could have just bought the software for my PC and saved some money.
    Having said all of the above I am glad I moved to the mac and have no intentions of going back to a PC although I do use them at work and have one sitting here occupying space.
    Peter.

    Some of my photo's are at www.peterking.id.au

  3. #3
    Administrator ricktas's Avatar
    Join Date
    24 Jun 2007
    Location
    Hobart
    Posts
    15,651
    Mentioned
    10 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Your poll makes it sounds like professional photographers only use Mac, and three out of the four options are Mac related. Me thinks you do not need a poll and have already made up your mind, but may not have realised it consciously yet.

    In reality, you can process photos on either a Mac or a PC. Both offer DAM software that is similar in Lightroom and Aperture, both can run Photoshop and other editing software, and in the end your choice of computer is just another link in the chain, same as Nikon v Canon. If I presented two photos on AP, one taken with Nikon and processed on a PC, the other taken with Canon and processed on a Mac, you would not know which was which, and your choice would be a guess.

    Buy the Mac cause it is what you want (as your post and poll show), but remember that it isn't the thing that makes your photos any better.
    "It is one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it is another thing to make a portrait of who they are" - Paul Caponigro

    Constructive Critique of my photographs is always appreciated
    Nikon, etc!

    RICK
    My Photography

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    08 Nov 2009
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    1,685
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just to point out that your title is misleading. Macs are intel too.
    Alan
    -------------------------------------------
    Canon 5DMkII, Panasonic GF1 and a few other bits and bobs
    My SmugMug


  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    14 Jan 2009
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    148
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Re: New PC Purchase - Mac or Intel

    I have both a quad core windows machine and a 15" mbp. Personally I prefer using my MacBook but either are fine for pp. Are you on the go much or is it mostly from home?


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Website - www.dylanbenton.com.au

    Equipment -
    Canon 5dMk2 | Canon 40D | Canon 17-40L f4 | Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 EX DG Macro | Canon 70-200L 2.8 IS II USM |

  6. #6
    It's all about the Light!
    Tech Admin
    Kym's Avatar
    Join Date
    15 Jun 2008
    Location
    Modbury, Adelaide
    Posts
    9,641
    Mentioned
    18 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Intel/Windows - not because I really want to but my bread and butter is based on that.
    Windoze is the lowest common denominator product.

    If I could it would be Ubuntu Linux but PS etc. don't run on that platform.
    The GIMP is ok, but not up to everything I want yet.

    FWIW: The AP server is the latest Centos Linux (free Redhat Enterprise Server) - but servers are a different game.

    I've edited the thread heading 'Mac or Windows'

  7. #7
    The Commander
    Threadstarter
    mikew09's Avatar
    Join Date
    27 May 2009
    Location
    Lowood, Queenland
    Posts
    4,737
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hi All, thanks for the comments and help.

    Rick - yea, in looking back I suppose I just should have polled who uses Mac or Windows.
    Coolie - good point, I think Kym has corrected that for me.

    Oh well, my first attempt at a "pole" type thread. Easy enouhg to do but retrospect I think it requires a look more though on what the real question is to be answered.

    Thanks again for the helpful comments.

    Mike

  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    13 Apr 2008
    Location
    At the studio...
    Posts
    249
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Of infinitely more importance is the consideration you should give to your monitor and colour calibration workflow. The importance of the operating system is dwarfed by comparison.

  9. #9
    The Commander
    Threadstarter
    mikew09's Avatar
    Join Date
    27 May 2009
    Location
    Lowood, Queenland
    Posts
    4,737
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Zeke - I suppose that is why I am leaning towards the imac. From what I have experienced in the stores the imac is far superior in monitor and graphics display.

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    14 Sep 2009
    Location
    Newcastle
    Posts
    178
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I just received my 27 inch iMac today and I have to say it is absolutely amazing!! Possibly one of the best things I have ever bought in my whole life. The screen is amazing and everyones photos look sensational on it! Just switched to mac and can't say i'll be going back within this decade

  11. #11
    The Commander
    Threadstarter
    mikew09's Avatar
    Join Date
    27 May 2009
    Location
    Lowood, Queenland
    Posts
    4,737
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Regnis - I had a play with the 27" iMac at JB in the city today - absolutely bloody awsome. I am sure you will not look back.

  12. #12
    Member
    Join Date
    29 Jul 2009
    Location
    Cessnock, NSW AU
    Posts
    472
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'd change to MAC tomorrow if I didn't already have 3 good PCs and all the software I need for PP images.

    It represents a big change to swap from PC to MAC

    At the end of the day the PC does the same job with a few limitations. The worst one being that Windows reserves too much RAM where I am told MAC doesn't (and this is here-say, I don't even know if this limitation is true)

    Thankfully, "the computer does not take the photograph", it's our ability to see the light around us in this wonderful world and respond accordingly with the skills we have acquired that is the important issue.
    .
    Cheers, Mal

    crafthouse images - my Flickr

    Canon EOS 5DM3, 7D and a modest collection of "L" goodies

  13. #13
    It's all about the Light!
    Tech Admin
    Kym's Avatar
    Join Date
    15 Jun 2008
    Location
    Modbury, Adelaide
    Posts
    9,641
    Mentioned
    18 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mal from cessnock View Post
    At the end of the day the PC does the same job with a few limitations. The worst one being that Windows reserves too much RAM where I am told MAC doesn't (and this is here-say, I don't even know if this limitation is true
    True. *nix systems have a very different approach to memory and resource usage.
    MacOS is a Unix variant in case your were not aware. http://developer.apple.com/opensource/index.html

    Indeed the X11 graphics system is radically different to Windoze as well.
    This difference makes porting software between the two systems problematic.
    But having Adobe PS etc running on MacOS means there would be much less work to make it available on Linux - Adobe are a pain in that respect.
    regards, Kym Gallery Honest & Direct Constructive Critique Appreciated! ©
    Digital & film, Bits of glass covering 10mm to 500mm, and other stuff



  14. #14
    can't remember Tannin's Avatar
    Join Date
    16 Apr 2007
    Location
    Ballarat
    Posts
    2,895
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mikew09 View Post
    I assume that all serious photo type people would use Mac or prefer too if within the budget.
    If you start with incorrect assumptions, you will get incorrect answers. You can't get much more incorrect than this.

  15. #15
    Site Rules Breach - Permanent Ban
    Join Date
    17 Jul 2008
    Location
    Sunraysia
    Posts
    418
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Regnis View Post
    I just received my 27 inch iMac today and I have to say it is absolutely amazing!! Possibly one of the best things I have ever bought in my whole life. The screen is amazing and everyones photos look sensational on it! Just switched to mac and can't say i'll be going back within this decade
    This can be very misleading when the digital image is going to be printed.

    Quote Originally Posted by mal from cessnock View Post
    I'd change to MAC tomorrow if I didn't already have 3 good PCs and all the software I need for PP images.

    It represents a big change to swap from PC to MAC

    At the end of the day the PC does the same job with a few limitations. The worst one being that Windows reserves too much RAM where I am told MAC doesn't (and this is here-say, I don't even know if this limitation is true)

    Thankfully, "the computer does not take the photograph", it's our ability to see the light around us in this wonderful world and respond accordingly with the skills we have acquired that is the important issue.
    I'm in the same boat.

  16. #16
    Member
    Join Date
    13 Apr 2008
    Location
    At the studio...
    Posts
    249
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mikew09 View Post
    Zeke - I suppose that is why I am leaning towards the imac. From what I have experienced in the stores the imac is far superior in monitor and graphics display.
    iMacs are notoriously hard to calibrate, traditionally.

    I have no experience with the current models, however.

  17. #17
    Member Calxoddity's Avatar
    Join Date
    24 Apr 2008
    Location
    Wollongong
    Posts
    473
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Zeke View Post
    iMacs are notoriously hard to calibrate, traditionally.

    I have no experience with the current models, however.
    The main problem with previous generations of iMac is that they didn't have the capability to reduce brightness enough to calibrate properly unless you applied 3rd party solutions to reduce the brightness to 110-120 lumens (some free, some pay lots). People would be complaining that their prints were always too dark.

    With the latest generation iMacs, the use of lcd backlighting instead of cold cathode appears to have gotten rid of this problem - you can reduce the brightness until the screen is almost dark.

    So, unless you have an objection to glossy screen, the new 27" iMacs are really nice machines with really nice screens. With the stronger dollar, they're also good value.

    Oh, one last point - a previous poster observed that the prints look really good on the screen. Sometimes it's "too good" - the print never lives up to the punch and contrast of the on-screen version and the user is disappointed. Again, good calibration can reduce/eliminate this effect within the constraints of the target printer capability and ambient light conditions in the workspace.

    Regards,
    Calx
    Last edited by Calxoddity; 19-01-2010 at 10:40am.
    Calxoddity
    Concert Pianist, Test Pilot, Pathological Liar


    Nikon D40, Sigma 17-70 F2.8-4.5 HSM, Nikkor AF-D 50mm f1.8
    Post Processing: Aperture 3 & Photoshop Elements 6

  18. #18
    Member
    Join Date
    14 Sep 2009
    Location
    Newcastle
    Posts
    178
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    [QUOTE=IanB;490985]This can be very misleading when the digital image is going to be printed.

    I have thought about this. I guess it is initially just going to be a case of trial and error. I must say though my shots on this computer are much closer to my prints than my 4yr old dell laptop was.

  19. #19
    The Commander
    Threadstarter
    mikew09's Avatar
    Join Date
    27 May 2009
    Location
    Lowood, Queenland
    Posts
    4,737
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Regnis - Same, my Dell on screen shots are nothing like my prints - very much trial and error but in general the prints are better. Hmmm, but what can I expect from a 4.5 yr old Dell laptop that struggles to run PS.
    In the week I have frequented JB HiFi to play with the demo PC's and I have to say that I don't see much improvement in the Windows servers, especially with performance, but find the mac very impressive.
    In review, I think I did a poor job in creating this thread as opposed to what I wanted out of it. Live and learn.

    I have never owned a mac, a couple of mates (hobby photographers) have moved to mac in the last month or so and rave about them. Mainly I was interested in how mch of the photography realm used mac's for photo editing.

    Regardless, I have found this thread very interesting.

  20. #20
    Ausphotography Site Sponsor/Advertiser DAdeGroot's Avatar
    Join Date
    26 Feb 2009
    Location
    Cedar Creek, Qld, Australia
    Posts
    1,890
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mikew09 View Post
    I have never owned a mac, a couple of mates (hobby photographers) have moved to mac in the last month or so and rave about them. Mainly I was interested in how mch of the photography realm used mac's for photo editing.
    I do, but as others have said, Lightroom and Photoshop are available on Windows too, and with calibrated screens on either system there's not a huge amount of difference, esp. if you go 64 bit Windows (OSX is pretty much 64bit native these days, but even before that, you'd still see all your RAM > 4Gb anyway due to a different memory architecture).
    Dave

    http://www.degrootphotography.com.au/
    Canon EOS 1D MkIV | Canon EOS 5D MkII | Canon EOS 30D | Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM | Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM | Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM | Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM | Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM | Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L & some non-L lenses.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •