I’ve used Mac workstations since the early 1990s. As a professional photographer, it’s important to have a computer that is not only fast, but also scalable. For me, that meant being able to add internal hard drives, PCI expansion cards, and plenty of RAM. By having a computer that I could incrementally upgrade, I am able to extend the useful life of that machine. As a working professional, I consider upgrading my computer system every 3-5 years, depending on my needs.
In 2013, Apple radically redesigned the Mac Pro line to include internal PCI-based solid-state drives and dual video cards. Despite the performance benefits, the new form-factor no longer supported internal expansion of any kind (other than RAM). Although I was not in the market for a new Mac at that time, the immediate consequence of the new form-factor became clear. From now on, any hard drives that lived inside my existing computer would have to be moved to external enclosures. Continue reading Should Photographers Consider an iMac?→
When I got my first SLR camera, it came with a 50mm f/2 prime lens. For many years, this was the only lens I had, and so I used it for just about everything. I photographed people, sports, and stuff around my backyard with that 50mm lens. Nowadays, the 50mm prime is often an afterthought, as zoom lenses dominate photography. If you could add just one lens to your bag for creative fun, you should consider giving the “nifty fifty” another look. Continue reading Enjoying Life at 50 (Millimeters)→
I received an email today from site sponsor B&H Photo indicating that Nikon has dropped prices on a large list of Nikkor lenses. It’s unclear as to whether these are temporary cuts, or are more long-term adjustments that reflect the relative weakness of the Yen against the US dollar.