Which Mac Do You Use to PP?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Binford, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. Binford macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2007
    Boston, MA
    What Mac do you guys use to Post process your photos? I've found that while it's acceptable, the general performance of my mac book pro hasn't been satisfactory, especially for raw files. I primarily use CS3 and Nikon Capture NX. I do plan to begin using Aperture 2 once I get my hands on it, but considering a hardware upgrade before that. I figured that desktops are always faster than laptops in numerous ways... would a move to a 2.4ghz imac or mac pro be a very significant increase in workflow speed? Would it be worth the money?

    Thank you very much, and best regards.
  2. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
  3. PimpDaddy macrumors 6502


    May 9, 2007
    MBP. See specs in my signature :). Works like a charm although I'm thinking of upgrading to 4gb ram.
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I currently have a MBP, 2.0Ghz CoreDuo with 2Gb of RAM. Aperture/Photoshop CS3 are OK on it as long as nothing else is running (especially Safari).

    I will be buying a Mac Pro with 8Gb of RAM in the next couple of months... :D
  5. filmamigo macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2003
    My iMac G5 1.8 with 17" and 1.5 gigs of RAM is more than enough for photo processing.

    I use Lightroom, with some PS. I shoot 6 mp RAW on a Pentax *ist DL. Lightroom flies through these files as though they were low-res JPEGS.

    I love the screen on my iMac -- it's definitely up to the task. I calibrate it with the Spyder 2.
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    24 inch 2.16 Ghz Intel iMac (the model just before the aluminum iMac came out.)
    It does well enough running CS3 on DSLR sized images but the larger images that I have (some scans from medium format film can be 300MB files) take a long time to load and save but once loaded the CS3 tools work fast enough. Photoshop CS3 is not really a very demanding program.
  7. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    Mac Pro with 9 Gb of ram and a 30" dell calibrated every two weeks with a Spyder 2 Pro .. :cool:

    Software: Photoshop CS3 extended and Lightroom.
    Other hardware: Scanner that scans negs and slides (up to 10" x 8" @ 4800 ppi optical resolution)
  8. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Mac Mini 1.66 + external disk

    CS3 and Lightroom. Works fine for me.
  9. thr33face macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2006
    MacBook (1st gen) with 2GHz and 2GB Ram attached to a Dell 2005fpw (20": 1680x1050).

    I use Lightroom for most PP stuff. It works absolutely great with the 6MP RAW and JPEG files the D40 produces.

    The only limiting factor was the 60GB harddisk which I replaced with a 250GB one.
  10. Maui macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2007
    I use my Mac Pro (8 core, 16 GB), but my MacBook Pro (C2D, 4 GB) does a great job as well. There is a difference in speed between the two, of course, but less than I would have guessed. With rendering HD video, though, the difference is huge.

    Just for fun, I put a bunch of raw images (from my D70) on a MacBook Air, with CS3. It was painful (although I quickly add that the MBA does pretty good on most graphical tasks so far, better than expected).
  11. davinche macrumors regular


    May 3, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    As it says in the sig 2.4Ghz 17" MBP High Resolution with 4GB of ram being used by Aperture 2.0 (as of yesterday) and Photoshop CS3...
  12. Butthead macrumors 6502


    Jan 10, 2006
    Looking at the hardware requirments for A2, I'd say you'll be disappointed with anything but a Mac Pro (others however, might be fine with your MBP & A2).

    Your sig line doesn't specify OS version. 2GB is clearly not much if running Leopard & anything else, deficient for sure w/A2.

    Your older C2D MBP will recognize up to 3GB RAM, RAM for your MBP is not that expensive...recommend you max the RAM. 2.16Ghz MBP shipped with single 1GB module installed, 1 empty slot. That alone may make a significant difference, being constrained as you are with limited RAM.

    Next, since we can't tell from your description what you feel is lacking in the workflow speed, I'll assume you have either the original 120GB 5.4k rpm HD installed? Or worse the 200GB 4.2k optional HD?

    It's more money, but you might get significantly faster performance in load/save times for RAW images (seeing your sig again, and assuming you are capturing/using NX for that purpose w/D300) if you upgrade the HD to a 7.2k rpm Hitachi 7k200 200GB drive, which is now down to $170 from newegg or zoomfly.

    Try those two things, and if you still don't like the performance of the MBP, before upgrading to a MP, if you can wait until early summer (May for Intel) when Apple should have released the Monteviña MBP's, which promises slightly more speed from a faster front side bus memory system, slightly faster CPU as compared to what you have now, and either longer battery life from the CPU which will use less power than current Penryn models to be announced any day now, or higher performing GPU's that should be in those models by summer. Look for 2nd gen., better LED bl screens too. All good stuff coming to the MBP's if you can wait ;).

    Still won't have as much performance as MP, but will likely outclass any iMac on sale currently.
  13. PkennethV macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2006
    Does A2 really use that much more RAM than A1? Because I'm using Aperture 1 right now and almost never uses more than 500mb of RAM. In fact, it's usually around 300mb most of the time, only when editing images does it use 500mb.
  14. marioman38 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2006
    Elk Grove, CA
    Lightroom is very quick w/ Raw files on my MBP... I am running leopard too ;)
  15. Binford thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2007
    Boston, MA
    Wow, thank you everyone for the input. I'll definetly keep all that in mind!

    Best Regards
  16. onomatopoeia macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2007
    I just picked up a Mac Pro (the 2.8Ghz 8 core model) with 6GB RAM. I can't decide if it's faster than it is pretty or prettier than it is fast. ;)
  17. Ryox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2007
  18. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    30" ACD and 2.8 Octo with 8GB. Can't wait to start exploring Aperture 2. I have been waiting for vignetting for a long time (and hammering the Apple site with requests for it).

    Of course, without my Leicas, the above would be useless.
  19. -hh macrumors 68020


    Jul 17, 2001
    NJ Highlands, Earth
    I'm on a G5 Powermac ... a 1st Gen with only a 1.8GHz single processor, but it has 3.5GB of RAM, so with CS2, it does okay for 8MP RAW's.

    I've been doing some more scans of 35mm slides at around 24MP (200MB photoshop file sizes), which gets tedious, as the import takes ~2 minutes, saves take awhile, etc.

  20. jtblueberry macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2007
    Pismo Beach, CA
    2008 2.8 octo macpro with 14gb ram
    runs lightroom and photoshop cs3 perfect...no waiting
  21. jwt macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2007
    Up till 2 weeks ago, a 1.5 GHz Powermac G4 with a 17" ACD + Lightroom + CS3. Now a 2.8 Quad Mac Pro with the same software and peripherals.
  22. TimJim macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    15" 2.16 Ghz 3 GB Macbook Pro with Aperture 2
  23. jerryrock macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2007
    Amsterdam, NY
    MacPro 2.66 quad core with 12 gigs ram, three 500 gig hard drives, ATIX1900XT video card, 20" Apple Cinema Display, 20" Wacom Cintiq as a secondary display/graphic tablet. Epson V-750 Scanner, Canon iPF5000 wide format printer, Xerox Phaser 8550DP.
  24. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    Mac Pro 3.0 GHz Quad core with 8 GB RAM and 30" ACD. I also occasionally will use the 17" MBP for a quick-and-dirty one-off or when traveling, the 15" MBP. Now that I've got the MBA I'll be trying that out as well for the occasional one-off.

    Just picked up Aperture 2.0 upgrade tonight and will be installing that tomorrow. Have been using Aperture 1.5 and CS3, with Photo Mechanic for a quick review and sorting of images prior to taking them into Aperture.

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