New Macbook Lightroom CC

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by wowee, May 23, 2015.

  1. wowee macrumors member

    May 23, 2015
    Hi Everyone,

    I have read every post I can find regarding the New Macbook and Lightroom but I still have some specific questions.

    I already have a Macbook Pro 15 Inch which I use as my main computer at home and on the road. However I am finding it too heavy and cumbersome to always keep in my camera bag. Basically I am looking for an ultra portable computer that I can leave in my camera bag at all times on which I can make selects in photo mechanic (during my commute) and do some lightroom RAW edits as well. I am not expecting a performance machine but am wondering if lightroom is "Laggy" when in the Develop module? I plan on doing exports etc on my Macbook Pro when i'm home. To me it is important though that the develop module runs smoothly during edits on RAW images. Can anyone attest to this? Im not sure if the processor mainly affects mass export times or individual edits.

    I had just ordered a macbook air 13 inch but the screen is kinda horrible and it's not that light compared to my macbook 15. The key here is portability and usability.

    Thoughts? Also, if my goal is for streamlined develop module editing (not exporting) do you recommend the 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3? (Have read conflicting performace results).

    And ONE MORE THING. Battery life. I can barely get 2 hours from my Macbook Pro 15Inch late 2013 when using lightroom. Infact I was never able to get anythign close to the runtime advertised by apple. Any idea what the lightroom battery life on the Macbook is?

  2. bcaslis macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    Laggy is too unspecific to say. I use Lightroom CC for editing Nikon D750 and Fuji X-T1 RAWs. It works fine but it is slower than a MBP. It is noticeable and some things are not as quick. Rapidly moving the highlight slider will not respond as quick as the MBP. But the MBP was not instantaneous either. I've used both the 1.2 and 1.3 GHz in Lightroom. The difference is not that much, maybe a hair faster with the 1.3 GHz.

    It does use more power but I have not run it down using only Lightroom. Normally I do get about 8 hours with a little bit of Lightroom use.
  3. crucius macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2010
    I get about five hours editing RAW files from a Canon 7D.
  4. wowee thread starter macrumors member

    May 23, 2015
    Thanks for the replies. When you get 5 hours what brightness is your screen on? Is wifi on? I am curious because I barely get 2 hours with my MacBook Pro 15. I've never seen battery life longer than 4 hours doing anything.

    When you're editing your 7d Raws - is develop module smooth? Or is there delay/lag on adjustments?

  5. elithrar macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2007
    This is about my experience as well (on the 1.1) with Fuji X100T (16MP) RAWs.

    Rendering previews to start with can take a while—I force it during import—and some actions can be a tad sluggish (large adjustments, big curve changes, etc) but nothing unexpected. My 2011, 11" MBA was about the same, if not a little slower since the MacBook has a faster SSD.

    The screen is fantastic and the MacBook is fine for doing stuff on the road, but similarly I wouldn't use it as a primary machine if your day job is editing stuff because there will be some thumb twiddling.

    TL;DR: Great for the road, but don't look to it as your primary editing machine.
  6. bcaslis macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    Pretty useless video. All he is mostly doing is scrolling through pre-rendered images in the catalog. Any machine should be able to do that. The rMB is definitely slower than other machines such as a rMBP but it is usable.

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