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New mac recommendations

01 April 2017 - 07:37 AM

I have a 2013 Macbook Pro, 2.6GHz it, 8GB ram, 256GB SSD, Retina 1GB.  I'm an advanced hobbyist and use LightRoom 5 to adjust and convert Raw files from my Oly Em1 and Sony RX100-2.  I find my current Macbook adequate, not blazingly fast but fast enough for now.  Don't do video but may do some very light processing in the future.

I'm ready to buy a desktop and wondering if a Mac Mini or an iMac would be best?  and what configuration, processor, Ram, etc.? 

Also is it worth it to buy the 5K Retina version or the standard display?

I plan to use the desktop to also serve as a movie and music server.

Another question is it better to buy a used earlier generation high end iMac or a new base iMac?

I'm NOT looking for the fastest, bestest, screaming machine out there.  Just one that will be a bit faster than my current Macbook.  So what would be the minimum configuration you suggest?

WTB: 8mm analog camcorder

07 January 2017 - 07:24 AM

This is a long shot but haven't had any luck anywhere else.

I need an 8mm analog camcorder to play my old 8mm home movies so I can convert them to digital.  If you have one stuck in the closet you want to get rid of please let me know.  But please make sure that it still works properly to load and play the tapes.

I have a Sony but the loading mechanism is bad.


Lightroom 5 help

29 May 2016 - 05:29 AM

At the beach with limited internet so can't search much.  Thought someone here could help me.

Processing raw files in LR 5, my granddaughter got hold of my laptop and now I've lost the adjustment settings on the righthand toolbar.  Normally these are for adjusting white balance:  sunny, cloudy, shade, flash, custom, etc.

Also lost exposure adjustment, contrast, highlight and shadow adjustments, clarity, saturation.

I've tried and can't seem to find these.

Right now I have histogram, toolbar showing crop, redeye, healing brush, etc., then tone curve, HSL color B&W, detail and a couple others.

Any ideas how to get these adjustments back to what I had before.


Removing handles from tray?

14 May 2016 - 06:34 AM

Just bought a used tray and wanted to move the handles to a position better for my hands.  Of course the stainless bolts are frozen to the aluminum tray.  Not unusual and what I kinda expected but what tips can I use to remove them without breaking the bolts?

I thought about putting it in boiling water then spraying with PB blaster, or putting in an oven about 200-250 F then spraying with PB.

Any other suggestions before my wife runs me out of the kitchen?

WTB housing for Olympus EM1

24 April 2016 - 04:39 AM

Looking for housing for my EM1.  Also ports, etc.

Anyone looking to sell?