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In Topic: Configuring a MacBook for Dive/Photography Travel

29 December 2014 - 07:44 AM

Hey folks,

I need some help choosing/configuring a new laptop.  I’ve been a PC user for years but I had a chance to use my son's MacBook on our last trip and I think it’s time to make the conversion.  I love the Retina display and the whole feeling of an integrated system.  I have to tell you that the last time I owned a Mac it had a II in the model number, it’s been a while, so I’m pretty clueless in defining my new laptop.


 I want a travel machine that will process my 5DMkIII images and video quickly in Lightroom while running Photoshop occasionally.  I’m OK with the weight of 13“ Mac Book Pro.  Left to my own devices I’m thinking;


·  2.6 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 Processor

·  8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM;

·  256 GB PCIe-based Flash Storage

· 13.3-inch IPS Retina Display, 2560-by-1600 resolution


Do you guys think that will do the processing I need on trips?  I’ll have my I7 quad core machine at home to do any really heavy lifting like video editing.  What would you upgrade or balance differently?




I have more or less this laptop as my travel laptop. While 8GB of RAM is fine for now, I think, I'd consider upping it to 16GB if you can. You probably also want more storage. I only store what I'm working on (a couple of trips at a time) on the laptop, but 512GB is nice for that. If you can get 1TB, that's great.


The CPU is acceptable for me. Rendering my 1:1 previews for 200 images takes maybe a half an hour(?). I spend that time changing batteries, showering, etc. Once that's done, LR is quite snappy on the machine. 


I really like the new 13" Retina. The 15" is nice too.

In Topic: Move over Sony RX100 (I, II, III), Here come Panasonic LX-100

28 December 2014 - 06:36 AM

The Lens Dial is F/Aperture but there is an A in red and must match with the bigger top dial also an A with red = P mode

Spin the lens Dial away from the red A for any F setting....while top big dial is A ( red ) = A mode.

Spin the big dial on top to select shutter speed, while lens dial in A ( red ) camera becomes S mode.

Spin fron lens dial away from A ( red ) to any F setting and at the same time top big dial to any shutter speed, we get M ( manual ) mode.



This interface harkens back to the days of pre-auto exposure cameras. Then the aperture control was part of the lens, not in the camera. So you want to adjust the lens, you turn a dial on the lens. Want to adjust camera, turn a dial on the camera. In a sense, it's more logical than what we have now. I suspect that interface came from cheap automatics with one dial. Why else is it that the function of the wheel near the shutter button on my Canon SLR changes depending on the mode? As does the back dial?


I don't know if the LX100 controls are ultimately better, but it isn't new, it's the oldest thing under the sun.

In Topic: Gili Air Promo Video

30 September 2014 - 02:54 AM

Thanks. I'm headed to the Gili Islands in a few weeks. I think it's Ocean's 5 I am diving with. Any tips for me?

In Topic: Move over Sony RX100 (I, II, III), Here come Panasonic LX-100

15 September 2014 - 01:11 PM

I'm shooting full manual too but find that adjusting the output of the two Inons takes long enough that it slows me down or causes me to miss shots. Any advice is appreciated. :-)

In Topic: Move over Sony RX100 (I, II, III), Here come Panasonic LX-100

15 September 2014 - 11:59 AM

I think the G7 X is aimed at the RX100 series. I mention it only as another possibility I might consider.