Ch-ch-changes (and a question)

Yes, I know, it’s been two weeks, almost insanely long since I last posted anything here.  Without going into gobs of detail, I’m now unemployed (and quite okay with that).  It’s going to leave me some time to chill out, relax, finally learn Photoshop and do some photo-walks (if the weather ever improves!).   I have a couple of photo-shoots scheduled in the not too distant future and I’m available for more, in case anyone should be interested.

Before I left work, one of my co-workers got the Fuji X-Pro1 and I got to play with it briefly.  I’ve seen some of the shots he took with it – the detail and color are wonderful.  I figure if I sell off my Fuji X100 and my Sony NEX-7 (with 3 lenses), that would give me the money for the X-Pro1 and at least one, maybe two of the lenses for it.  But I’m still on the fence.  I think the X-Pro1 represents a definite advance over the X100.  I’m not so sure versus the NEX-7.  As much as I enjoy shooting with both of those cameras, I would say that shooting with the X100 is more pleasurable; I like the controls on that camera better and I think that would more than carry over to the X-Pro1.  I’m also impressed with Fuji’s new “Q menu” feature.  Well, still considering.

My question concerns Apple’s newly updated MacBook Pro and Air.  My MacBook Air is two generations back and I know that the step up from a Core Duo to a Core i7 would be significant.  But then the question becomes – 13 inch MacBook Air or 13 inch MacBook Pro?  The Air has the advantage of weight.  The Pro would get me an i7 2.9 GHz processor as opposed to the Air’s 2.0 GHz one.

So – is the MacBook Air with a i7 2.0 GHz enough to run Photoshop?  Or am I better off with the 2.9?  Does Apple’s advertised “Turbo Boost” mean anything at all or is that just a marketing gimmick?  Comments and thoughts much appreciated – and bear in mind that I’ll frequently be using it with the Nikon D800’s 70 megabyte RAW files.



  1. davethevet June 16, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    I still think leica m8 and zeiss or voigtlander. I got an 2.0 i7 on my macbook pro and it copes fine with d800 files ok

  2. UII June 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Fuji lens reviews are out on

  3. UII June 17, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    > davethevet

    But with the Leica you’re basically limited to ISO640 and below, so a tad limiting. You might as well go back to film (which I still shoot frequently).

  4. davethevet June 18, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    U11> yeah I hear you, Ive got an m6, same as the queen.

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