Which retina for just lightroom and Photoshop?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by josh bear, Dec 12, 2014.

  1. josh bear macrumors regular

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    Hi All

    I edit photographs on both my current imac and my MacBook pro retina. There are a host of threads over the performance of both the base and upgraded model and I guess I am looking for a definitive view from owners of the models and users of lightroom and Photoshop.

    The base model is in stock in the UK. A built to spec machine I guess wouldn't arrive until after Christmas.

    I edit raw files from a full frame leica M. I use lightroom and then apply any further edits in Photoshop. In addition I occasionally edit family movies.

    Will the base model work well for this? Note. I will be ensuring it has 32gb of ram.

    Thanks for any help

    Josh
     
  2. FredT2 macrumors 6502

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    Yes, it will work very well for Lightroom and Photoshop.
     
  3. hojoon0724 macrumors regular

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    Short answer: yes.

    I bought mine last week. Didn't want to wait 3-4 weeks so I got the base model from the Apple store. I'm doing exactly what you're doing but with a Nikon. I'm running a 27" Thunderbolt alongside too. Working with just 8gb of RAM at the moment but will be upgrading soon.
    Not a single hitch. It's working really well and I'm really happy I didn't wait.
     
  4. josh bear thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks both. As always I gravitated to the highest model for no other reason than I like "bragging" rights. Which is ridiculous when I don't need the processor or graphics upgrade! The standard one TB is fine as I have external thunderbolt drives.

    So Common sense has kicked in and I can spend that saved money on the other half or on a parrot drone for me. So common sense not 100 percent working yet. :)

    Thanks again

    Josh
     
  5. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    I have the upgraded model and I can't say that it is tremendously faster.

    For LR, meh. It actually has some issues and some don't like how it works on ANY riMac. But that's likely software. What I did find, however, is that with a retina MY work actually got faster because I'm not zooming in and out all the time. A pleasant effect I hadn't counted on.

    For PS, I think the multicore performance of the i7 is better. But I don't think I've come anywhere near stressing the chip, so I expect that in the real world it doesn't make that much difference either. Barefeats has a i7/295 vs i5/290 comparison, and in a PS noise reduction the i7 bested the other by 20.6 seconds to 16.9.

    I think in retrospect I'd take the drone over those 3 seconds....
     
  6. manowar macrumors regular

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    Josh i use Lightroom and Photoshop all the time and on Friday i walked into Apple and bought the base model 5K.
    Its bloody fast and both PS and LR work without any problems.
     

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