Any photographers using Macbook Pro 13"?

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  1. XP Defector macrumors 6502

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    I'm having a hard time between on the 15 and the 13, at one level I'm a travel photographer so move around a lot. On the other the matt screen and that extra couple of inches is tempting. Anyone using the 13" and have experiences to share?
     
  2. youssefm macrumors 6502

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    i currently use the 13 and while it is sufficient the 15 inch matte would be a much better choice
     
  3. XP Defector thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks.

    Can I also ask how you transport it? I'm trying to decide between an Incase Nylon Backpack (not sure if its big enough for mattbook + D90 + lenses). Or just to buy a sleeve and throw it in my regular backpack. Those incase hard-shells are way too heavy it would seem.
     
  4. Kronie macrumors 6502a

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    I use my wife's 13" from time to time. But not for the photography business. It makes a great little portable laptop. Don't use the screen for editing critical work or printing and you will be all set.
     
  5. XP Defector thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yup I'm a travel photographer so not choice but to use screen. I guess the mattbook it is? :)
     
  6. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    For a photographer, the Matte 15" will be the best option if you don't want to lug around a 17" monitor. The glossy screen would probably be an issue, as you wouldn't see the screen & true colours if you had any light in background.
     
  7. tcphoto macrumors 6502a

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    I have owned the 15" Unibody since it's release. I find the glossy display to be highly annoying and will get an anti glare as soon as I can justify it. The 13" is a nice machine, my Stylist bought one when it was introduced but I do not have any desire to go smaller.

    I carry mine in the Timbuk2 laptop messenger bag after using the Tenba sleeve and various backpacks. I like the thought of carrying the computer in a nondescript bag. My next bag will be a large Timbuk2 classic messenger bag with sleeves for laptop, DSLR and a couple of lenses. Sometimes the Tenba backpack is just too much to carry.
     
  8. shambo macrumors 6502a

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    The 15 inch badboy matte would be best if you are seriously doing professional work.
     
  9. prodigee macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know what a 15" badboy is. But I do know that your best option is a matte 15" MacBook Pro, as it will bring you the best colors for editing photos, and a good amount of real estate.

    In terms of portability the 15" really isn't that much bigger, and only weighs about a pound more. Really I think that your best option is to get the 15".
     
  10. Kronie macrumors 6502a

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    For all of you posting that the glossy screen is somehow better or worse then the matte in terms of color, your just plain wrong. A properly calibrated screen whether glossy or matte looks the same.

    The only issue is the nasty reflections you get with a glossy screen.
     
  11. fr4c macrumors 65816

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    13" MBP = 4.5lbs
    15" MBP Anti-glare = 5lbs.

    If you were interested in the weight difference, which is very little...
     
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  13. Doju macrumors 68000

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    Could someone prove this?
     
  14. prodigee macrumors 6502a

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    There was already a thread on it already, search for it and many confirm it, even Apple confirms it, somewhere on their site.
     
  15. fr4c macrumors 65816

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    IIRC, Apple does not have the weight of the anti-glare in the specs section online. I have both, so I weighed them myself.
     
  16. analytical44 macrumors regular

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    I find it hard to believe this is true. Per Apple's site, it's 5.5 lbs. If the matte option really did shave off 1/2 a pound, I'm fairly confident Apple would be advertising 15" MBPs as being 5 lbs. But I certainly could be wrong, I don't have either. I'd actually be slightly impressed by Apple if this turns out to be true; figured they'd jump on the opportunity to advertise a lighter product with the fine print stating it's only for the matte which is, of course, 50 beans more.

    http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/specs.html

    To the OP, if you do the majority of your work on the fly, the 15" would be the way to go. I love my lil guy but screen real estate is certainly limited. That being said, 15" isn't a dream to work with either; external displays are the way to go with any notebook under 17". The difference between 13" and 15" is significant enough to matter though, so as I said, I would recommend the latter.
     
  17. fr4c macrumors 65816

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    I didn't believe it at first too, but after holding the 15" anti-glare I knew right away it was lighter than the glossy since they did remove the front panel. But I didn't think it would be 0.5lbs lighter. I weighed both laptops (glossy, AG) and they came to 5.5 and 5.0.
     
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  19. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    But whomever is comparing the weight of a 15" anti-glare and a 13" glassy gloss is comparing apples to oranges. A 15" is going to weigh more regardless, even without that supposed .5lb glass.
     

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