iMac 5K, overkill?

IlikeMacsSoMuch

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Hi, I want to buy a 27 inches iMac and I don't know if the higher price for the 5K is overkill for me or not. Next september I will enter an architecture school and they will (once I pay for it!) provide a laptop with all the software that I need for school. So for the next 4 years the iMac won't be used for that. It will be used for everything else, coding, very light photo and video editing, a little gaming. Tho it looks glorious, is 5K worth it for a non professionnal photographer? Money wise it's ok, I can afford it. I have enough to spend but just not enough to waste!
 

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Hi, I want to buy a 27 inches iMac and I don't know if the higher price for the 5K is overkill for me or not. Next september I will enter an architecture school and they will (once I pay for it!) provide a laptop with all the software that I need for school. So for the next 4 years the iMac won't be used for that. It will be used for everything else, coding, very light photo and video editing, a little gaming. Tho it looks glorious, is 5K worth it for a non professionnal photographer? Money wise it's ok, I can afford it. I have enough to spend but just not enough to waste!
If you're not going to be doing any of your architectural work or any 4K media consumption on it, then yeah it probably is overkill.
 

sasha.danielle

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Hi, I want to buy a 27 inches iMac and I don't know if the higher price for the 5K is overkill for me or not. Next september I will enter an architecture school and they will (once I pay for it!) provide a laptop with all the software that I need for school. So for the next 4 years the iMac won't be used for that. It will be used for everything else, coding, very light photo and video editing, a little gaming. Tho it looks glorious, is 5K worth it for a non professionnal photographer? Money wise it's ok, I can afford it. I have enough to spend but just not enough to waste!
I'm a writer and I'm picking up a 5k. I think it's kind of a bizarre conception that only people into pro photography should really get one of these. Everyone can enjoy a sharper more beautiful image. I much prefer seeing that sharp text in front of me. And I have found that my eyes don't strain so much on retina screens. That might just be my imagination, but I don't really care. The more beautiful image makes me happier.

Also, though people like to gripe, that machine is a steal of a deal. Seriously, Dell sells their 5K display for the same price as a riMac. You're really getting a free computer.
 
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IlikeMacsSoMuch

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I'm a writer and I'm picking up a 5k. I think it's kind of a bizarre conception that only people into pro photography should really get one of these. Everyone can enjoy a sharper more beautiful image. I much prefer seeing that sharp text in front of me. And I have found that my eyes don't strain so much on retina screens. That might just be my imagination, but I don't really care. The more beautiful image makes me happier.

Also, though people like to gripe, that machine is a steal of a deal. Seriously, Dell sells their 5K display for the same price as an riMac. You're really getting a free computer.
That makes a lot of sense! Thanks I'll consider it!
 

simonjuhl

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Hi all.

So im too looking to buy the 27 inch iMac 5K. Im from Denmark where a new and cheaper model has just been released with a 7200 RPM harddrive instead of the fusion drive.

I kan save around 200 dollars. Is that worth saving? Gonna use the computer mainly for graphics work.
 

roadkill401

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Hi all.

So im too looking to buy the 27 inch iMac 5K. Im from Denmark where a new and cheaper model has just been released with a 7200 RPM harddrive instead of the fusion drive.

I kan save around 200 dollars. Is that worth saving? Gonna use the computer mainly for graphics work.
The savings from the lower priced unit are not worth what you are giving away. I have used a fusion drive on a 5K iMac and actually sent it back to buy an pure SSD model.

The cheeper unit also has a slower processor.

As for the OP.. You are buying for the 5K screen. It is so much sharper and easier on the eyes that you will find it harder to work with the laptop for long periods of time. You will probably find that you will be doing more work on the 5k screen just as it's easier.

I bought my iMac as I really wanted a Mac and thought that the prices would shoot up for me (as I am in Canada where the CAD has lost 23% of it's value against the USD). I thought it was an indulgence but I found that I don't even use my laptop anymore where I use to really enjoy the freedom of computing anywhere. For me the screen is why I use this iMac.
 

xmichaelp

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I wonder if there is any truth to the iMac 8K with the next revision?
That wouldn't make any sense. 1080p 8x res? There would be no clarity gains from a couple feet away and it would melt hardware.

To the OP, no it's not overkill. It's only 200 more than the non-retina now anyways. Get it!
 

lali

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Hi, I want to buy a 27 inches iMac and I don't know if the higher price for the 5K is overkill for me or not. Next september I will enter an architecture school and they will (once I pay for it!) provide a laptop with all the software that I need for school. So for the next 4 years the iMac won't be used for that. It will be used for everything else, coding, very light photo and video editing, a little gaming. Tho it looks glorious, is 5K worth it for a non professionnal photographer? Money wise it's ok, I can afford it. I have enough to spend but just not enough to waste!
The first thing I would do is understand what would be my primary display for architecture school. Are you certain to be ok in terms of display size (meaning do you need an external display for your laptop)... if so budget for a good 24/27 inch.

The iMac is a great machine no doubt. Ssd preferred. Fusion is acceptable. buying the computer refurbished is a good way to save money. Add ram (to 16) separately.

I have the non-retina iMac and find it awesome. many people have commented on the quality of my display. I am not a pixel peeper so everyone has different priorities and that is fine.

ps: regarding gaming...if you bought the games you needed today, do you know if they are osx compatible? or did you intend on running windows?

good luck with your choices

lali
 

Chippy99

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I'm a writer and I'm picking up a 5k. I think it's kind of a bizarre conception that only people into pro photography should really get one of these.
Totally agree.

In fact anyone into pro photograpghy should really question whether they want one of these at all. If you are concerned about colour accuracy - as *surely* serious photographer are, then the screen is really not very good compared to an Eizo, or NEC Spectraview for example,
 

filmbufs

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Totally agree.

In fact anyone into pro photograpghy should really question whether they want one of these at all. If you are concerned about colour accuracy - as *surely* serious photographer are, then the screen is really not very good compared to an Eizo, or NEC Spectraview for example,
Actually, the iMac screen is great and pretty darn accurate, at least for us. Chances are good that serious photographers already use a monitor calibrator just to insure accuracy anyway.
 

Chippy99

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Actually, the iMac screen is great and pretty darn accurate, at least for us. Chances are good that serious photographers already use a monitor calibrator just to insure accuracy anyway.
Really it isn't. The uniformity is poor, the gamut is very narrow, it's only 8 bit and the black levels are mediocre to poor. Many people will be happy enough with it, but "great" it is not.
 
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filmbufs

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Really it isn't. The uniformity is poor, the gamut is very narrow, it's only 8 bit and the black levels are mediocre to poor. Many people will be happy enough with it, but "great" it is not.
I'm not trying to argue with you and everyone will experience different results. We have used pro macs and pro monitors in the past and now we're using iMacs with great results. We use a monitor calibrator....well, my wife checks hers regularly while I have done so once.

Can you find a better monitor system? Probably. Will the iMac work really well for professional photography? Definitely.
 

ixxx69

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I'm not trying to argue with you and everyone will experience different results. We have used pro macs and pro monitors in the past and now we're using iMacs with great results. We use a monitor calibrator....well, my wife checks hers regularly while I have done so once.

Can you find a better monitor system? Probably. Will the iMac work really well for professional photography? Definitely.
Absolutely. I know of plenty of "professional" photographers who are absolutely fine with these displays. If you're proofing for a print magazine or a fine art book, yeah, maybe you need more... but generally speaking, if you don't already know you need something like an Eizo, etc., then you don't need one.

No offense intended toward Chippy, but those are the kind of replies that tend to confuse things more than help.
 

Chippy99

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I'm not trying to argue with you and everyone will experience different results. We have used pro macs and pro monitors in the past and now we're using iMacs with great results. We use a monitor calibrator....well, my wife checks hers regularly while I have done so once.

Can you find a better monitor system? Probably. Will the iMac work really well for professional photography? Definitely.
I don't disagree with any of that.

I was merely making the observation that it is not an excellent screen per se and not one that would be particularly appealing to a discerning user on the basis of the screen alone. There's only so much you can fix with a calibrator, especially a software one. It will do nothing for screen uniformity, clouding, banding or several other issues.

(Of course there's all sorts of reasons why a discerning user would choose an iMac and therefore get the screen that goes with it.)
 

Chippy99

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Absolutely. I know of plenty of "professional" photographers who are absolutely fine with these displays. If you're proofing for a print magazine or a fine art book, yeah, maybe you need more... but generally speaking, if you don't already know you need something like an Eizo, etc., then you don't need one.
I don't disagree with any of that either. I am a keen photographer myself and I use one!

But having previously owned Eizo's with 99% Adobe RGB gamut coverage and flawless uniformity, I can't say the Apple screen is excellent.

And regarding my replies being unhelpful, on the contrary, I think it's very helpful. No-one should be under any illusions (though very many are) that the iMac screen is far from best in class. For the money, it's very good, but it's not excellent on any absolute scale and nor could you expect it to be when you consider a high-end screen will cost more than the entire iMac.
 
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dagamer34

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I don't disagree with any of that either. I am a keen photographer myself and I use one!

But having previously owned Eizo's with 99% Adobe RGB gamut coverage and flawless uniformity, I can't say the Apple screen is excellent.

And regarding my replies being unhelpful, on the contrary, I think it's very helpful. No-one should be under any illusions (though very many are) that the iMac screen is far from best in class. For the money, it's very good, but it's not excellent on any absolute scale and nor could you expect it to be when you consider a high-end screen will cost more than the entire iMac.
Compared to most of the **** peddled in consumer laptops for $400, the iMac's screen is stupendous. But it will fall vs. pro monitors, as it rightfully should. But that's not the concern for 99.9% of the people who will actually buy such a machine.

For pro work, having a 99% AdobeRGB display like the Dell UP2414Q or UP2715K should handle nearly all "pro" work anyway. Considering the price of an entry-level Mac Pro, the iMac ends up being a better deal for most people anyway.
 

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Hi, I want to buy a 27 inches iMac and I don't know if the higher price for the 5K is overkill for me or not. Next september I will enter an architecture school and they will (once I pay for it!) provide a laptop with all the software that I need for school. So for the next 4 years the iMac won't be used for that. It will be used for everything else, coding, very light photo and video editing, a little gaming. Tho it looks glorious, is 5K worth it for a non professionnal photographer? Money wise it's ok, I can afford it. I have enough to spend but just not enough to waste!
I bet by the time you've finished your architecture course Apple will be selling nothing BUT retina screens on all their computers, would you still think they are for pro photographer a then?
No it is not overkill for anyone.
 

fathergll

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Totally agree.

In fact anyone into pro photograpghy should really question whether they want one of these at all. If you are concerned about colour accuracy - as *surely* serious photographer are, then the screen is really not very good compared to an Eizo, or NEC Spectraview for example,

I think it comes down to the fact that many of the users who were using iMacs in the past(Pro or Amateur photography) will continue to do so with these Retinas(they know what they are getting). I think vast majority of users who were doing color critical work in the past are probably well aware this won't change because the resolution and pixel count is higher on these Retina iMacs. For example if you had a Mac Pro/Eizo monitor before and you were aware that a 2013 iMac wouldn't cut it for critical work then you probably know this will be a similar case with Retina iMacs.

People get away with less than perfect equipment all the time. Some people would be surprised at some of the computers that were used to edit million dollar movies.
 
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