do serious photographers have no objections to the removal of the SD card slot on the new MBP? or is

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SarahKirschbaum, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. SarahKirschbaum macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2016
    do serious photographers have no objections to the removal of the SD card slot on the new MBP?

    or is it just me? :(

    I have already capitulated by accepting a new iPhone 7 without headphone jack. At least Apple was decent enough to include the little white dongle so I can plug in my big headphones.

    Now I have to bring a card reader with me everywhere I travel? Guess I should look into buying a little carrying case for these two dongles... and whatever new dongles that future Apple devices will require)
  2. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
    Yeah, bit of a bummer, but i can't wait to spend 50 bucks on cables and adapters and card readers again to fix it. because less ports simply means a cluttered desk
  3. Mike84 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    Yeah, I agree. I had to look at it twice to realize how now card slot readers. Pretty upsetting since SD cards are used pretty frequently.
  4. photocat2005 macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2015
    United States
    I'm a photographer, not necessarily serious, and yes the removal of the sd reader is a big deal. I've used adapters in the past and they are PITA. Frankly the removal of most ports for sake of thinness is ridiculous on the pro version of the macbook. Fanboys will continue to spend their money but I'm more than happy I got my mid-2014 mbp at this point. Hope by the time I need a replacement, function along with form will be back in fashion again with Apple.
  5. poorcody macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2013
    It's definitely a bummer for me, and not even because I use SD cards much, but because I always liked knowing I could add a second drive (with one of those flush sd cards) if I ran out of space.
  6. SVTM macrumors member


    Sep 6, 2016
    You aren't alone, it sucks. No 32GB ram and no SD card slot are my two biggest problems with the update. Regardless of that I still ordered one. Dongles here I come.

    Knowing Apple this is probably why it was removed.
  7. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000


    Oct 17, 2016
    Don't most pros use CompactFlash? Always seen SD cards in more consumer grade cameras. So if the MacBook Pro was really 'Pro' shouldn't it have a CompactFlash reader, or an all-in-one?

    I'll miss the SD reader for sure, it is handy, but I can just hook the camera directly up to it and use that, or buy a dongle. I don't need it 24/7 so I'm happy to use an adapter for the occasions I do need it.
  8. tehgregzzorz macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2015
    Yes, serious photographers all use CompactFlash, so this doesn't bother me too much. Always needed a dongle in the past anyway.
  9. ajcgn macrumors regular


    Oct 19, 2014
    Toronto, Ontario
    I'm a pretty serious photographer using Olympus mirrorless cameras and they abandoned CompactFlash for SD years ago.
  10. Corrode macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    I'll miss the SD reader but I was planning on getting multiple external readers anyway so I can ingest 4 cards at once.

    Will suck if I ever forget my adapter when I'm on vacation, etc.
  11. baypharm macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2007
    That's why I moved all my high end computers to Windows...
  12. jerryk macrumors 68040

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    My highest end camera (Canon 5D MK3) uses both SD and CF cards. So I have always used a USB card reader.
  13. arbitrage macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2009
    This is a personal thing but for me I don't use the SD slot. I found it much slower to ingest the files than an external faster one. Especially now with USH-II cards in my D500. Right now I have cameras that are using SD, CF, C-Fast and XQD so I travel with a lot of external readers and therefore losing one SD slot isn't an issue FOR ME. For my C-Fast (1DX2) and XQD (D500) cameras that also have a CF and SD slot respectively, I usually prefer using the faster card to ingest and therefore need the external reader anyways. I shoot mirrored to each card. But then I have my 5DSR that is CF and slow SD so that means I need to travel with at least 2 readers (CF and SD) but to use the faster cards to ingest I need 3 readers and I actually travel with all 4 just in case the XQD reader or CF reader dies and I need to get files off the 5DSR or D500. It is a bit of a PITA but the SD slot on the computer really doesn't matter to me.
  14. Hank Carter macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2015
    Not any more. SD has taken over most of the market, including video recording.
    A lot of people also used the SD slot to add cheap extra storage space.

    The SD slot was removed so they could make the case 2mm thinner. Now we get to carry around a dongle instead, which not only is inconvenient, but completely negates anything gained by making the machine an almost imperceivable amount thinner.
  15. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040


    Jul 4, 2015
    The added cost of buying readers again or adding a dongle to a reader. Annoying.
  16. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    I wonder if removing this slot has something to do with the very high capacity SD cards that are available now. People can fairly cheaply increase the storage of their laptop. For $200 you can get a 512GB SD card. Sure not as fast as the pci ssd, but if you just need storage it is fast enough and very unobtrusive.

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