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#325367 D800 Crisis!

Posted by davehicks on 30 January 2013 - 01:50 PM

The D800 has a very speedy USB 3.0 port and can be directly plugged into any laptop with a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port. You can then drag and drop the files directly to your storage device of choice. You don't need to use a separate card reader if you don't have one available. The D800 (and every other Nikon DSLR I've ever used) is a card reader when plugged in to USB. On your computer you should see it mount as just another Disk.

#321407 Lightest, smallest computer that runs lightroom

Posted by davehicks on 25 November 2012 - 11:46 AM

Probably 4GB of ram (memory) is needed. Storage (hard disk) is less important as you can use external for backup and archive during a trip.

Here is another option that just became available. Acer W700 tablet at 2.1 pounds for $800. (options for faster CPU) Very similar to the Surface pro, but it does not have the super cool keyboard cover of the Surface. Instead it is a tablet that comes with a Bluetooth keyboard.


Screen Size 11.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor 1.8 GHz Core i3-3217U
Hard Drive 64.0 GB SSD
Graphics Coprocessor Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Graphics Card Ram Size 128 MB
Wireless Type 802.11bgn
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Average Battery Life (in hours) 9 hours

#321340 Lightest, smallest computer that runs lightroom

Posted by davehicks on 24 November 2012 - 10:47 AM

Here is a review of one of these new PCs. It's an Intel Win8 system running a dual core Atom with 2gb of RAM. It will run Lightroom, etc. but it is not going to be a screamer. Still it's under two pounds, probably a bit more with the optional keyboard dock.


The Microsoft Surface PRO which should be available next year may be a better option. About 2lbs with a keyboard cover, Core i5, 4gb RAM. That system should be comparable to other very capable ultrabooks but in smaller package.

My wife recently bought a Lenovo Yoga 13" ultrabook and it's very nice. 3lbs, touchscreen, very speedy.

It could be worth looking at the Atom/Windows8 Tablets that will come out next year. If you want a lightweight travelling alternative.
Will they have USB3 and can they render pics in Lightroom in a reasonable time ( rendering is mainly Processor power)?
I assume that Photo Editing is too much to ask!

#316281 Nikon D600 vs D800

Posted by davehicks on 12 September 2012 - 09:37 PM

I have been waiting to see what Nikon released this year. The D800 surprised many, but we all were expecting the D600. Now the D600 seems like a decent new camera, just a few notches down the spec list from the D800. But for people who plan to spend a few thousand more for new housings, lenses, and such I don't see the point of settling for the D600. Until someone comes along and provides a compelling case for the D600 I see an upgrade from the D300 -> D800 in my future.