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I have a small, simple suggestion - although it would only work if you had the black XT-1, obviously - judicious use of electrical tape over the model name removes other people's ability to tell it isn't the latest, which means unless they see you hastily getting a supposedly weatherproof camera out of the rain you have nothing to worry about. If you are perfectly happy with what it actually produces (which I think 'gob-smackingly beautiful' covers), tape it and move on - feeling good that you've also saved yourself hundreds of needlessly spent dollars. Unless you bought the silver one, in which case I am at a slight loss. Scrape it away with a blade? That suggestion is slightly tongue in cheek, obviously. Oh, and next time buy the black model...

Once you find something you like, quit looking. It works for wives and cars, why not cameras?

In my opinion, digital cameras have reached a quality level equal to cameras of the past using film of the time. And they reached that level a generation or two back. They're all good and totally capable of producing pictures with image quality as good or better than Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Edward Weston and others were obtaining from their cameras during their hay-days. So, you pays your money and you makes your choice--nobody loses in this game.

Not that I would ever step in the way of another man's rationalisations, but the crux of your dilemma seems to be the need to have a monitor with superior colour calibration to your existing iMac? Is there a problem with your iMac/Photoshop/printer/paper pipeline that couldn't be more easily addressed with a ColorMunki? I would have thought the iMac's screen to be good enough to not warrant premature replacement.

Anything to distract us from thinking about that election.

Hi Mike

I feel for you, I'm sure we all do.

However, I think you should do some more research on latestitis, because there are in fact two forms:

1) Partial latestitis makes you upgrade your camera every time there is a new one. It's a disease, certainly, but it's kind of curable, and relatively manageable, especially if you have lesser partial latestitus, which lets you skip a generation.

2) Full-blown latestitis, however, is really serious, and I think you may have it. With this variation, the sufferer changes their full system, cameras, lenses, and accessories.

All sorts of rationalizations pop into your mind. Whatever feature your current system does not have blows up, out of all proportion, and completely consumes whatever features the current system has.

It's like a virus that eats away in your mind anything good about the current system. Eventually, you stop enjoying what you have and you can't even take photos anymore. It's get the new system or die.

Of course, this form of latestitis is considerable relieved when the new system arrives, but make no mistake: it's there still, waiting for another chance to rear it's ugly head.

Mike

Separate computer what you can take along: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/nuc/nuc-kit-nuc6i7kyk-features-configurations.html Intel NUC with 4-core i7.

There's a corollary (perhaps an associated syndrome?) of latestitis. Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, the image quality of film advanced at a glacial pace. Big leaps in print quality generally required moving up in format (say, from 35 mm to 6x7 cm.). With the coming of digital, by contrast, there are regular and sometimes striking leaps in image quality from successively newer cameras and better raw-conversion software.
So now I look at some of my favorite older photographs, and I find nagging fault with them for that baseball-sized 35 mm grain, or shadow noise, or edge artifacts. I'm repeatedly tempted to shoot the exact same image, at the same time of year, in the same weather conditions, with my newer gear. How could it fail? I liked the shot before, I'll just do it better.
And yet it never works out that way. You never stand in the same river twice and all that. It's almost always a disappointment. I have found the hard way that it's always better to take new photographs rather than to attempt improving upon past successes. Looking forward, not back.

The less time I spend making photographs, the more I lust after new gear and vice versa. Someone is due for a one year one lens cleanse.

Sometimes the latest technology delivers concrete value. Sometimes it doesn't.

When I was doing interiors photography gigs even a half stop increase analog dynamic range made life easier. And upgrading camera bodies was a business expense. The same could be said for action photographers and AF performance, etc. Owning the newest camera technology deliveres value.

Likewise, image post-production time can be significantly reduced with new computer technologies. Even high-speed internet access meant an earlier bedtime when I had to make next-day, on-line deliveries of interior images from two different gigs.

When I stopped doing gigs my needs changed. My X-T1 and X100T meet my current project needs. My post-production work does not benefit from an increase in speed. I have not upgraded.

So it boils down to a value proposition. Does having the latest and greatest deliver value? Of course different people have values (Captain Obvious strikes again). Are cameras and lenses tools primarily to achieve goals or objects that make us feel good about ourselves? While these are two extremes, these values exist.

PS Eventually computers do need to be replaced. People buy vehicles off lease that are a model year behind. This compromise also applies to computers. The most recent 'old' MacBook Pro model might be the best value.

I have a Eizo 24 in monitor, self calibrating and a MiniMac, less than 2500$, about the same price as an iMac.

This combination and some free software gives prints just like you see on the monitor with a P600/800 Epson printer.

Speed is acceptable if not down-right spiffy.

Bill

Cameras? They're child's play compared to phones.

With a camera I can see pretty much at a glance what model it is. But phones - they change so quickly and are so similar that I don't know whether to be envious of someone's new model or to sneer at someone's old model.

I think you should just get a Sony A7II and a couple of Zeiss Loxia lenses and call it a day. You will never have latestitis again:)

Well, perhaps you can splurge on a 6500 or XT2 rental sometime after you make that final college payment and then write up a blog post on the experience. You might find that you aren't missing as much as you thought. I've been renting lenses for my K1 and it has helped me rule out several and only left me lusting after one.

I feel the same pain.

Both of my cameras are "previous generation" models; E-M5, and D800. The latest versions have features I would "like" to have, but I that I can't justify financially. (We have a Junior in high school, and college is looming like a shear, unscalable cliff on the horizon.) My evaluation is that what I have does what I need it to do, so I don't really have a reason to change them. Which I suppose is enough of a reason to keep them.

The iterative design of electronics can be insidious to certain types of people. Sometimes, even those of us most vulnerable to Latestitis just have to tell ourselves that we already have enough, and can be happy with it.

Earlier this year I replaced my aging iMac/MacBook combo with a MacBook Pro and Thunderbolt Display. My goal was one less computer while retaining a large desktop display and the ability to take a computer with me when I travel.

The MBP and TB Display make a great combination because of their integration. When in desktop mode the MBP sits closed and vertically alongside the display in a Twelve South stand and I use an Apple wireless keyboard and trackpad. But I can instantly unplug the MBP and take it with me anywhere and quickly plug it back in when I want to go into desktop mode again.

For my amateur photo editing this combo is perfectly sufficient. But what I learned with my new iPhone 7 is that display tech is moving on to incorporate a wider color gamut (and more resolution of course). My phone uses that wider gamut but my MBP and TB Display do not. Nor does my OMD E-M5II.

In deciding between an older MBP and a newer one, ideally with one of the new integrated LG displays that Apple is now offering as a companion at the same price as the old TB Display, I think you need to consider how important it will be to you over the coming years to have the newer display technology, which is quickly becoming the standard in television too. If I was doing it today I'd get the newer gear.

I don't know what's happening with these larger gamuts and printers but that may be a consideration too, or how this larger color gamut affects camera choice. It's a subject I'd like to learn more about, maybe from TOP.

You could always get the MBP and a cheap used display now and upgrade the display and your cameras later. I wonder if you can use your iMac with some sort of dongle as the display for a new MBP.

Finally, Apple gets a lot of grief for its drive toward simplification, especially of connections. But the new MBP connects to the new companion LG displays with one cable (power, data, video) as opposed to the two required by my setup. I hate cables so that seems like progress to me. Likewise with the lamented absence of an SD slot on the new MBP. How long until there is a Wi-Fi card reader?

Dell PremierColor monitors are significantly less expensive than other calibrated monitors. I don't know what the catch is, if there is one. One potential issue might be compatibility with whatever Mac display connection you're working with.

Here's a Mac photographer's review from a couple of Mac-generations ago:

http://www.shutterbug.com/content/dell-ultrasharp-u2410-lcd-display-they-call-it-premier-color%E2%80%A6and-it

For more options, here's a more recent comparison of "affordable" color grading monitors by a movie editor (with a link to in-depth tests on the Dell):

http://jonnyelwyn.co.uk/film-and-video-editing/affordable-colour-grading-monitors-2/

I think you need a 90 mm lens too.

Far too often, latestitis turns my pretty little head with its "oooo shiny" lure when what I have really needed to do is prevent further neck pain by giving myself a good large monitor. Bending over the laptop screen longterm hasn't been so good for the neck disc-ery. So I'll be eager to hear about your laptop-driving-monitor adventures. After a log of reading up, I'm leaning towards a NEC.

Go shoot LF pinhole for a while using B&W photo paper as a negative and contact print for your positive. I'd recommend 5X7 with a .5mm (.020in.) pinhole at a FL of 150mm for an f ratio of 300. Get a carpenter/woodworking friend to knock you up a basic box to hold 5X7 DDS's. Plans are on the interweb...I think....somewhere.

This will quell the insanity.

The latest thing will soon be old. A new monitor has the biggest chance of improving your prints. My advice, which no one ever listens to, is to just keep making prints using your old iMac and XT-1. Assuming your iMac is from 2009 or later it should have a mini display port connection for use with newer monitors. Pickup a nice NEC PA level display with the NEC Spectra View colorimeter. Eizo might even be better, but more expensive. The 16x9 ratio monitors are much cheaper than the 16x10. One example https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1006644-REG/nec_pa272w_bk_sv_multisync_27_gb_r_lcd_display_spectraview.html The display can move with you to your next system. 5K displays are nice, but older systems can't drive them.

If your iMac seems really slow look at the memory tab of Activity Monitor. If you see any swap used a cheap and simple memory upgrade will speed it up noticeably.

I have a previous model of the MB Pro, connected to a Dell 27" calibrated monitor. It works really well and I'd recommend the combination for both speed, ease of use and portability.

You don't need to do everything right now or all at once. Your computer will go on indefinitely (although you may need to replace the spinning HD by the sound of it with something – another HDD, or perhaps an SSD). Perhaps you could get the monitor (it's a really good one by the way) and drive it from the iMac, or get the laptop and leave the monitor to later. And of course, the camera is irrelevant. In fact the more worn and beat up it gets, the better your prints will become!

Mike,
Long, long ago photojournalists and even amateurs used to flaunt bronzed, dented and scarred Leicas and Nikon Fs as status symbols. Even I used to boast that the camera I had (and I still have) was bought as used item in 1986. What happened to that fashion? Got digitized I guess.

I thought I need a laptop many years ago, bought one and it turns out I didn't. Like so many perceived bells and whistles "editing on the road" and having a "portfolio" with me was someone else reality, not mine.

When I shoot a wedding or event, my clients know they will wait a day or several for the images that I want to present to be delivered. Instantaneous deadlines are just not as important as many would have you believe for most of us.

For portfolio viewing or presentations I much prefer an iPad.

For me a Mac Mini and an NEC Multisync 27" is the way to go. My computer is a late 2012 and works just fine. SSD as the main drive with fast external photo storage on a USB 3 drive is "good enough".

I'm a tend to a skip a generation or two kind of person. Nikon D2X, D700 and now D810 (I am guessing you might have sellers remorse over that one) have all delivered for me. I like shiny stuff but I also know my Nikon F3 went with me for 20 years. Autofocus was the game changer that got me to the F100.

One of the problems with being in the industry is we think we need the new stuff. I remember when I was into mountain biking back in the 1990's. Every magazine said you have to have active suspension, I thought I was the only one without it. Then the 5 Boro Bicycle tour in NYC went by my front door, thousands of riders, only a handful of suspension bikes. I still have my Hoo-koo-E-Koo steel frame. I will not be competing in the Olympics anytime soon.

Here is my takeaway on this, If you are not getting the photographs and prints you want with any of today's cameras. it is not the equipment.

If it will help your rationalization process any, remember that digital cameras can and do wear out over time. I don't mean just the mechanical bits, but in particular the sensors.

I've had my pair of Sony RX1s for 18 months now and have noticed an increasing number of hot pixels appearing over this time. I've compared 30-second, back-of-the-lens-cap photos from then and now, and there is no doubt I am not imagining things. (And no amount of remapping -- with and without such tricks as changing the date setting in the menu -- will make them go away.)

So if you're picky about image quality or regularly push your camera to its limits, as I do with my nighttime photography, then you're probably stuck replacing your camera bodies (and in the case of the RX1, your lens, too!) every few years or so whether you want to or not.

I like the idea of Partial Latestitis .... I think its a good first step. Like for mr retiring and going down to three days a week in the surgery ....then two ...then realising that for your own sanity and patients safety its time to quit!

In the old days once you got an LX or an F3 or whatever that was just about it. We ere far more concerned about lenses.

I too have Pentax K5 / EM5 and they have one thing in common ...IBIS.It is so useful that for me I wouldnt consider using a camera thar didnt have it. It means with a fast lens you can keep the ISO down on m43. It also means you can get a clear shot with a 50 mm lens at about 1/8 sec ...extraordinary.

However the PL is still there and just when I think I am safe I see the K1 at my friends house! On the other hand there is a real difference between a K1 and a K 5 which I am less sure is true between one iteration of a model and the next of the same model. SKIP AT LEAST ITERATION then the changes will only happen every 5 years now!......maybe

First, the latestitis problem: I had a serious case of it a few years back, often running temperatures of 100-101. Then when semi-retirement and very little nest egg settled in, it was either death or a cure. Thankfully I've gradually moved into a lifelong lasting syndrome of "that's ititis" So what I have now is very close to "that's it" :-)

Maybe I'll sneak in an XT-2 eventually.

OK, your problems, Yikes.

Camera: Your IBIS needs can be cured by OIS with proper lens selection - end of that lecture. Yeah, maybe get an XT-2 later.

Computer: My "puny" 21.5" iMac (mid 2011) has 32 gigs of RAM and still does great. I am going to install a solid state hard drive into it to pep it up. But it has a glossy screen and I hate looking at photos on a glossy screen, so I use a 27" NEC calibrated monitor with non-glare screen for the photo images and my iMac is used for the menus. This works perfectly. I use a basic MacBook Pro 13" to do "dumb" stuff like emails and online viewing. But it CAN do the photo stuff too. When pushed that way, though, it gets VERY warm, so I place it on a fan base.

As for the college payment, just skip it - the country voted out intelligence anyway.

If I weren't shooting motor racing, and really inclined to get rid of my heavy Canon gear for the toll it's taken on my back (literally), I'm not sure I would have gotten an X-T2. For me, the improvements in AF and blackout times were the real differentiators, but motor racing photography is niche market segment. I'm also not sure (yet) if the X-T2, with it's 50% higher pixel count, has the high ISO noise performance of the X-T1. Time and data will tell. The X100F is likely due out next year, but presently, I have no plans to replace my X100T, which, IMO, is about as close to a perfect camera with respect to what it was designed to do as I can imagine. The presumed extra resolution doesn't matter to me; 16 megapixels is plenty.

In fact, I just sold my X-Pro1 to a friend who has been pining for mine since 2014 and I'm thinking of picking up another used one. There is something about that 1st gen X-trans sensor I really love.

So much for latestitis.

My 4 year old Macbook Pro i7 15" retina has been the best computer I've ever had.... (bought my first PC in 1981)
I'm so confident with my current setup that I haven't upgraded the OS, and i'm a couple of generations behind. With computers I always believe; Don't F&$K with it if it works !

I wonder if my health insurance will cover latestitis. And yes, it's a preexisting condition!

Well Mike do not feel alone, I too will soldier on with my 2011 Macbook and the aging X-T1 and X-Pro1(that camera is really really old!)while being neither rich or poor, I don't have the spare money to chase the newest gadget either. Besides doesn't worm paint on a camera body look cool?

I understand the computer need. No fun in 15+ minute boot-ups; this I know with an older Dell workstation I replaced with an iMac this summer, but it still runs QuickBooks until I can figure something else out (Parallels seems not to be a good choice from reviews). I hope it all works out for you. I am thinking I may eventually buy a windows laptop just for QuickBooks.

The digital camera industry reminds me of the American automobile industry of the 50s through the 70s: built-in obsolescence (whether through design or technological advancement) and the promotion of shallow consumerism to feed the beast. Push-button automatic transmission, anyone? Increased horsepower, weight, and wheelbase! Zowie! Impress yourself and your friends!

My cameras, the original RX100 and X100, are so many evolutionary steps back from latestitis I might as well be shooting with a stick and rock I dragged from the cave.

There's something satisfying about bucking the buying trend, not being influenced by advertising and "the man". My own, personal, GAS creed !

Well, Mike, this is from a Pentax user since 2007 who started following your writing back then because everyone on the Pentax forum referenced your famous review of the Pentax 30mm 2.8 macro. Looking back on it now, it seems that almost as soon as I started following your blog you had left Pentax long behind.

So I feel your pain ;-p

But, can you still acknowledge this, Pentax's small is beautiful philosophy was way ahead of its time back in 2007.

Now, at last, you've just convinced me to move to mirrorless with a certain compact 5-axis IBIS and touch screen enabled APS-C camera that shall not be named. But, I'm not pre-ordering it. Maybe you can join me in picking one up on Black Friday 2017.

Mike check this out about MBP/monitor setup...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM3O7rn3aqA

Don't heap scorn on my D200. For my style of photography, all it really needs is higher ISO, although denoising software has improved greatly enough to make a difference. Less weight, twistable viewing screen, and sensor cleaner would also be nice. But, for me, latestitis will become a problem only when a new camera has radical technological changes for the better. For example, latestitus would be activated for v3 of a commercial iteration of a visual recording device that sees more like the human eye/brain sees.

Note this is coming from someone who maintains software written in a software development environment dating from the 1990's. When it is suggested that I rewrite it in a modern environment, my response is sure if you pay me but the job it would do would be the same with very little that matters changed and, soon enough, the modern environment will become ancient and nothing will be gained that's worth the trouble and expense.

> It's a disease, latestitis: gotta have the latest thing.

Methinks mustitis sounds appropriate for that condition, as it's often linked with compulsive behaviors...

Mike - I have TERRIBLE NEWS for you. You really should not read the rest of this comment.

I had the X-T1, and to get bigger files for projects I actually work on, bought the X-T2.

And the X-T2 is actually better and the files make it easier to do some of what I do!

That said, if you don't do the things I do (and from your writing you don't) it's not that big a deal...

Serious comment - Will *the latest thing* actually help what you are *trying to do*?

I have a similar problem, I want to upgrade from XPro-1 to a XPro-2 not for the larger sensor but for several other improvements the made to the camera.

One BIG problem: the file size doubles. My computer would be too slow for those 50MB files. So I need to upgrade to a newer, faster in every way, computer.

That means by the time I can get the computer they will probably have the XPro-3 out.

PS: Don't know how good it is but B&H has compact carbon fiber tripod on sale (I think it is a sale price.) for $125. I just purchased one. That means I'm $125 in the hole for that new computer.

Here is the link: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1148849-REG/came_tv_q66c_carbon_fiber_tripod.html

As much as I like digital, a Leica IIIf (fits in my front jeans pocket with 5cm f3.5 collapsible lens) and Leica M5 are my go to cameras for personal work, and there's nothing left to upgrade. Would love to see what you do with a Leica and a roll of Tri-X, Mike.

(I realize this conversation is limited for your TOP audience.)

I am in no position to give advice but I have found what works for me:

Rent whatever the latestitis craving is for and I usually come to the realization that (1) it makes no better pictures than what I already have and (2) I have no desire to master a new layout and menu system.

I've cut back on reading gear reviews and gear discussions. Too many heated arguments over the number of angels on the head, err, which body/lens is better, and it's all just fodder for spending rationalizations. You really don't need a new camera, now do you?

I enjoy printing and find it a pleasant distraction especially in times like these. Sure, I like looking at the photo, but holding a print, feeling the thick high-grade paper, and smelling the baryta coating add greatly to the pleasure.

I bought a Benq SW2700 monitor ($600) and it, along with my Spyder5 Pro ($100), deliver the same performance as the NEC monitor for $1,500. At least on paper. Six months of experience has shown me that prints from my Epson P800 look just like the image on the calibrated Benq. I illuminate the prints with an OttLite table lamp when judging brightness and color. I feel better about using expensive paper when I know my first try will hit the mark or be very close.

Palette Master Element is the Benq calibration software I use under Windows 7. It configures the hardware of the monitor with the calibration information and this system has been very stable over the months. I calibrate every few weeks but nothing seems to change. The monitor is still newish but continues to perform well.

Finally, sometimes one needs to buy something that will just make one feel good. That is worth real money and beats the crap out of spending it on meds. I'm not sure of a new OMD EM-1-2 will keep me out of the Medicare doughnut hole but I just might try.

Instead of renting the latest model camera and lenses, why not buy the oldest kit you can find, like a Nikon D70 with an 18-70mm lens? Use it for a week of so, then go back to your current kit and you'll be like a guy rediscovering his long-lost love.

How about delayed latestitis. That is waiting until the XT3 is imminent and springing for the newly discounted XT2? In the meantime, pay off the loan, get the older laptop, and the calibrated screen, and a ton of paper and ink. If that's above budget, settle for paper and ink, the XT1 is plenty of camera.

I would keep what you have. I'm still using (and happy with) my 4+ year old OMD-EM5, so much so that I recently bought a new "used" identical one for 1/4 the price I paid originally (e-bay). The files print beautifully on my 5 year old Epson 3880, which I have no intention of replacing.

I do mostly landscapes, so I also picked up a new "used" GITZO tripod identical to the one I got with the first OMD, also at a much reduced price. I can now leave my long telephoto zoom attached to its own tripod (the lens attaches to the tripod) and do not have to keep switching out the lens/camera set-up. Keep what you got, maybe even add to it, and you'll be happier in the long run.

Skip a generation, the Fuji XT-3 will be awesome, as will the Sony A6600.

Do you really need a laptop on the road? Besides being a distraction, what is the matter with a notebook (paper) and that super-duper phone? Especially when you can pair the phone with a compact Bluetooth keyboard and email yourself your copy along the way.

I just buy a few more memory cards if I need to store images.

Once you get that 5K iMac it will make editing photos on a laptop feel crude and slow anyway, you'll be far more productive at home.

MAGA

Suffering from chronic inverse partial latestitis, myself, due to newer gear seeming to be less functional. My Nikon D700 still works spectacularly well, and with its replacement focus screen, it is actually possible to manually focus a favorite Zeiss or Leica R apochromatic lens. Not so much with the D800, so kept waiting, nor with the D810 ... neither of which actually provides a decent way to accurately focus a fast manual focus lens through the viewfinder. So instead inverse latestitis forced me to get a Rolleiflex 2.8E2 Planar which has kept me amused making some gorgeous 6x6 Velvia 50 transparencies for several years (using a spectacularly gorgeous updated focus screen) while I impatiently wait for the perfect Nikon F mount full frame mirrorless camera, or for the Sony A7rII to get replaced with improved ergonomics or get ridiculously inexpensive. (Speaking of ridiculously inexpensive, did recently gift a family member a Nikon D3200 when offered by Nikon as a refurb for $250.)

Similarly on the Macintosh front, just love my 2011 Macbook Pro 17" (just got a second spare with 16MB RAM and an SSD in great condition for $800) which is exactly what I wanted, while the latest and greatest 2016 Macbook Pro 15" compromises screen size while also providing no place to plug in any of my many existing accessories.

Think classic rather than old. But beware developing classicitis: the urge to collect all of the classics one once lusted after.

Mike, something for your new Mac... ;-)

https://www.dpreview.com/news/3903246825/owc-s-thunderbolt-3-dock-adds-13-ports-to-your-macbook

One advantage of printing your own images is that it keeps Latestitis at bay. After all, if you're producing beautiful prints with what you've already got, what can the latest do to improve the prints? These days not much.

I'm actually sorta missing latest-itis, in that stuff has slowed down so much compared to a few years back. Everything has gotten really good, but now that I have to replace our waterproof camera, the new iteration is...pretty much the same. Bah. No fun.

I sympathize!

Paul Caponigro's practice, I believe, was to carry his camera out and take pictures for six months and then return to the darkroom for the next six months to make those pictures work. Something to consider along the lines of your own "one camera one lens one year advice?"

You could think of it as updating the guy BEHIND the camera to the latest and greatest...

Which would also give Fuji a chance to do their continuous improvement thing & upgrade your current XT1 to almost function like the the XT2 you have on your lust list. Time value of money, money value of time.

Question: wouldn't the iMac accept an add on monitor to work with for the next few months?

Cheers,

Tom Turnbull

I was lonely and alone until I got an A6500 and now women chase me down the street and I'm fabulously wealthy.

Anyone who doesn't buy one is a fool.

PS.
Only kidding. I tend to keep gear for years and although I enjoy reading the reviews I rarely buy :D

I am at this very moment on a Delta airlines flight heading toward an Apple store in the Twin Cities. After doing a huge amount of research on a new laptop, which I now desperately need because my 2011 Mac Air is beginning to act up,* I've decided to try to find a mid-2016 Mac Pro with all the ports -- the alternative is actually a Windows Surface Book, which is extremely tempting. I just don't need the power of a Surface Book, or the price. The new MacBook Pro is a major mistake on Apple's part -- a slightly older processor, a somewhat higher price, and you need a bag of dongles to operate it...I suspect a mid-2016 MacBook Pro (assuming the store has one) will last me another five years; by that time, Apple should have sorted itself out; or I will have moved to a Surface.

*The screen freezes. Absolutely nothing works. The only option is to hold down the power key until the machine shuts off, then reboot it. That's not something you want to have happen while looking at a 1500-word chapter on an unsaved Word document.

I solved this problem by buying a fancy Leica with a fancy Leica lens hand made by the ghost of ansel adams. Now Im so poor its gonna be me and a 35mm lens for a long long time. Maybe thats a good thing?

Latestitis is closely related to Early Adopter Syndrome. It's a pernicious condition and even when treated (by giving in) can result in Acute FUDitis and sometimes even Late Onset Buyer's Remorse.

digital cameras have been good enough for over 10 years now for almost all needs. If you shoot for yourself it's all about the glass that you have and use, not at all about the camera or sensor for the most part. And even glass is becoming less relevant for 99% of images.

Computational photography can now make a 10 year old digital camera a modern wonder. It's simply amazing what you can now do in post vs 10 years ago.

But if you're a professional making your living off photo work you need to have the latest and greatest simply for perception by the client, nothing more. You can not show up with a 3-10 year digital camera if you are at the higher end of pricing and expect to make a somewhat knowledgeable customer comfortable during the shoot. Even if the shots would be great as a end result it would not work for most clients.

It's simply a matter of perception at this point. If a race car driver shows up in a old sedan vs a hot sports car you are not gonna be betting on that driver.

Perceptions matter when money is on the table, not so much when not.

Today pretty much any digital camera at $1,000 or more is most likely so much better than you at photography and video. In the next ten years the introduction of AI and countless shoot and post logarithms into the capture device, not technically a camera anymore as we understand it today will be perhaps the end of photography as we have ever known it.

The tech is moving so fast basic cameras are over, we are moving into data capture devices that record more than we can now imagine.

My primary cameras are a Fuji x-pro1 and a Nikon d600. I still enjoy shooting (occasionally) with a fuji s3 pro and a Nikon D2Hs (the latter two are seemingly time travelers from the Pleistocene, in digital years). The way to beat latest and greatest lust is to always be one or two models behind. That way, I actually get excited by purchasing the recently discontinued model.

Paying the price...
Another way to look at the choice you face and the decisions you have made is that the cost of the best choice includes the 'opportunity cost' of what you need to forgoe in order to make that choice.
A new computer is something which you have identified that you need for your business and a wide gamut monitor will both increase your pleasure and improve your workflow in the photographically important task of printing.
Your own analysis identifies the long term use and value of a computer (not a difficult choice since you are comparing Apples with Apples). Similarly, a NEC PA series monitor may eventually be superceded but won't need to be upgraded for years.
Your enjoyment of whatever cameras you upgrade to later will be improved by the computer - monitor - printer - calibrator combination.

I realised after several years of chronic latestitis, that the shine wore off within weeks or months of unboxing each new shiny toy.

Why? Because it was effectively, just the same as the old tarnished toy that I had discarded, but with extra toppings.

Since selling my Canon A1 for my first autofocus camera, a Nikon F601, in 1990, I have noticed my enjoyment of cameras decline. I feel detached from the process, like an owner of a Lotus who buys a Chevy Suburban.

I liked what digital could do, but I didn't much like the cameras that did it. They were all the same.

Apart from the bulbous Colani-esque styling which I never gelled with, and the hideous PASM dial that means you can never remember what all the controls are doing, digital SLRs also came loaded with menu systems that resemble a pizza joint rather than a cosy, bijou Italian.

If you don't like pizza, adding pineapple or salami doesn't help.

I found my relief from latestitis with Fuji, but others have found their own favourite restaurant elsewhere. That's all fine. We have more choice now, which is 'a good thing'. We are not all the same, and camera companies have started to realise it.

And if you still love pizza, then there is still plenty to enjoy. I just think many people have grown tired of it.

And BTW, why not just hook up a graphics monitor to your iMac and buy a calibration tool? The rest you can do with an iPad and a WD wireless passport drive.

All this talk of monitors. Anyone have any advice on specs to look for these days?

A word of warning, Mike. I used to do nicely with an MBP 13" and a Cinema screen. Then I saw an MBP 15" with the high rez screen chugging along at a very nice price on eBay. SWOOP!!!

Problem as, there was wasn't enough difference in screen size to make the larger screen worth while much of the time and the 15" hi rez screen was just so bl**dy nice.

FURTHER, the 15" screen was so tall it go in the way of the Cinema screen.

In the end, moving to a place subject to frequent blackouts, my dilemma was solved, the 15" would do the job. And still does!

SO -- if you are going MBP and large screen, get a 13".

As for the cameras -- well, another upside of paradise is that there are no camera stores and no possibility of having a camera delivered here.

GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) is nipped in the bud through sheer inability to respond to it!


Three less-expensive computing fixes:

An XRite Colormunki Photo costs less than $400 at Amazon and allows you to not only profile your existing monitor but also match your printer output to the display. That might be the best bang for the buck - I know that it was for me and my large prints immediately showed a major improvement.

Dell's 27xx series of 27" calibrated monitors can often be purchased as refurbished items for under $500 through Amazon and are very nice AdobeRGB monitors.

Also, if you can upgrade the video display card to one whose GPU is expressly supported by Ligthroom/Photoshop hardware acceleration, then that would improves computing performance more than nearly anything else, and is relatively inexpensive. (Doing the swap without crashing the system requires some definite technology knowledge, though).

Of course, the Sony A6500's 5-axis IBIS really is a worthwhile upgrade feature that enables crisp shots under a far broader range of lighting conditions.

My girlfriend has been an on-again, off-again photographer for most of her life. Last week, she took a trip to Europe (her first!) and brought my completely outdated old Oly E-PL3 (one I had relegated to a shelf a few years ago after getting an E-M10) with *gasp!* the kit zoom lens. The result was dozens of good photos and a few great ones, and she now regards the camera as a tiny miracle. She doesn't follow the latest trends in photo gear, so she is immune to latestitis and was free to have great fun with a very nice little camera.

With latestitis, procrastination is your friend.

I'm going the other way - regression. Hardly shoot digital any more, mostly film. Cameras and lenses I use are getting older and older, just like me. As long as one avoids rare desirables (e.g. black Leica M2s and elusive collector lenses) it's very affordable and the pictures are still just as good. Sometimes better.

Film encourages you to slow down and think more, not a bad thing. Older gear also forces you to work within its limitations. What's that saying about creativity being encouraged by restricted options?

For a latestitis detox program, I'd suggest embracing The Joy of Folders. You can slip a Perkeo II 6x6 into your pocket.

You had a post some time ago stating the quality of the end reslut - the print - was at least 60% in post and 40% due to camera and lens. So if a new camera is 10 % better than what you have it will give you very little.

A computer that is dying will end posting for you so it's a no-brainer, and if you need IBIS because of age (or maybe a monopod will do) that then the choice is clear.

Otherwise - keep shooting and printing.

Let's be honest. Fujifilm sold the CRAP out of the X-T1, and the X-T1 is on it's way to becoming a legendary "oldie but a goodie". Shoot, Fuji released another firmware update for it last week, and it is discontinued! Who the hell else does that?

Along this line of thinking, if the X-T2 had not appeared this year to take a big load off my back, I'd still be shooting my motor racing action (actual racing) with my 11-year old (soon to be 12 year old) Canon 1D mkIIN. It has a paltry 8 megapixels! OMG!!!

What does have going for it still is 1) one of the best AF systems Canon ever put in a camera in the last 15 years, 2) a build quality like a Panther tank, and 3) the ability to deliver the goods. A lot of my motorsports photo buddies also still shoot with this camera; it's an "oldie but a goodie".

Lot to be said for that...

Get the heck out, MIke, and shoot with an "oldie but a goodie", shoot with the stuff of legend.

When I bought a Sony RX1 I said to myself - "this camera I will take to the grave." After a few years I still love it, especially with its EVF. I see no reason to change. Great sensor, great lens, tiny size - so much to keep liking.

Have you considered an Apple-certified refurbished machine? E.g. this is the last generation's top of the line, I think, at $1779:

http://www.apple.com/shop/product/G0QP3LL/A/refurbished-133-inch-macbook-pro-27ghz-dual-core-intel-i7-with-retina-display

The only sticking point I can think of is the anaemic graphics card (the new laptops are a little, but only a little, better in that respect). However as long as it can drive whatever external display you're looking at, it should be ok. And being able to stick more than 16GB memory into it would be nice if you ever have to deal with very large files.

I bought a very similar machine just before Apple's announcement. I don't regret it. Does the job (although I don't plug it into an external display so can't give feedback on that one).

You can profile an 5k iMac to be pretty accurate - not Eizo - but enough for non-critical colour applications. Or you can just add a second screen. The Macs last a long time - I have a 1998 G4 still running the original hard drive and ancient iPhoto - it just plugs away.

It's curious how often I find our paths aligned! I am in "need" of a new computer and it must be a laptop. Hadn't thought of adding a calibrated external monitor - good idea. I have the EM-5 mkii and love it, but... I find myself lusting after the new DJI Mavic. Do I need a drone? No. Do I really want one? Yes - and I think a drone might actually add value to my shooting kit in a big way (I live in an area that is covered with cliffs, canyons and valleys).
First world problems are most likely only problems because of the emotional stress placed upon us by the constant longing!

This is certainly part of the appeal of film cameras -- there will never be a new 35mm camera better than the ones that have already been made.

I hope you have a good healthcare plan, cos they don't all cover Latestitis, especially if it's a pre-existing condition, which it appears to be in your case.

Best of luck with that, Mike. I hear hot baths with salts helps with the aches.

Now I'm off to purchase an X-T2, through your affiliate link, so I can feel good about helping with your healthcare costs.

Cameras are like cars. You have three choices: Stay current and "rent your camera for a year before replacing it with the next year's NEW SHINY. Buy a new one and run the wheels off of it. Or have a daily driver and a collection of classics.

Personally, my camera collection is mostly a bunch of classics. While I have a Canon 6D (high mileage, purchased used for a bargain) that I use as my daily driver, there is a huge collection of Olympus OM gear, an E-1, E-3 and Panasonic L1 which I use for specific applications. Portraits? Absolutely nothing out-performs the E-1. If I want to be totally cool, I'll load a roll of B&W film in the Olympus OM-3Ti or 4Ti with a Zuiko 28mm F2 lens.

The point is that if you constantly chase the NEW SHINY, you'll always be disappointed the moment that new car, or new camera smell is gone. But if you have a 1971 'Cuda, you really don't give a rip that it doesn't have Sirius XM Radio factory installed.

My sister has the 4k 32" SpectraView and I can tell you it is spectacular. I went home to my 24" HP and cried a little. If the 27" is anything like that 32" you'll be very pleased with the purchase (not to mention the flexibility it affords you).

Good luck!

Pak

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Once met a local photographer in North Afghanistan who used a Canon that reminded me of the Leicas and Nikons of old: almost no colour left on the body, everything was scrubbed blank in the skirmishes, after-IED-situations, sandstorms and whatever that guy covers. But he had the pictures you would see on every major website, on the news and in print after something happened in that area of Afghanistan...

(Having said that, I just registered for a vernissage this weekend, sponsored by Olympus - with the new OMD-EM1 Mark II to see & touch...)

MBPro 2015 2.54kg
MBPro 2016 1.83kg

There's a dSLR body in that weight difference.

I have hung on with a mid-2010 model and now I am waiting for the 2016 models with the touch-bar to arrive in the UK and then I will decide.

Mx-5 (Miata) - the new one with the retractable folding roof (RF) - I want one. Now. Stamp foot. Now.

I recently bit the bullet and got an x-Rite i1 to calibrate my monitors - iMac 5K and a de-branded (but HP) HDMI display. The iMac wasn't far off - nearly undetectable difference. I knew the HDMI display would probably need the most adjustment, and it did. And it doesn't match the iMac. One of the printers here in Rochester said they never do, so not to worry.

I guess what I'm saying is that I agree that monitor calibration is probably the best first step. The test prints I've had made look like the iMac display, which is my default.

Now if I was only better at post processing.

Latestitis makes me feel poor. And if I try to cure it by getting the latest, I feel poorer.

But sometimes, the disease goes away and then I don't feel poor at all.

A horrible condition.

I am just recovering from the side effects a bout of latestitis! A couple of years ago I came to replace my ancient Eos 1Ds and was lured by the hype around the Sony A7r and went it overof a 5D3.

At the time I had a NEX-6 which I loved and thought that the FF camera would be a bigger, better version of the same. Sadly every aspect of the A7r, sensor aside was worse than the NEX-6 which remains the best handling Sony ever in my opinion. This year I did a course and had to use the instructor's 5D3, then I had to shoot a concert using a 5D2. In both cases the camera did what it should and got out of the way, reminding me why Canon leads the field in ILC sales. That and the magical properties of the 24-70 f/4L IS (the first standard zoom that' IMO delivers all round better images than my Contax 28-85) have brought me firmly back into the Canon camp.

As an aside, one good thing has one out of the Sony experience the ergonomic crispness of the Zeiss 24-70/4 led me to shoot a great deal with the compact 35/2.8 and I have realised that it is a great focal length for walk around stuff. So, with shades of your classic letter to George...

My problem isn't latestitis so much as classic-gear-itis; I've managed to acquire about 50 cameras and assorted lenses, most dating from the 1930s-1980s. There are undoubted advancements in resolution and dynamic range offered by today's cameras, but the images that please me most are often my technically imperfect (grainy, unsharp) images from a camera from yesteryear - I feel a greater sens of satisfaction, and a closer emotional connection to these imperfect images of an imperfect world.

Wow, this generated a huge response. I have been the color calibration route and was not impressed but what really made a huge difference was when I upgraded my Epson 3800 for the P800. I saw a post from Ctein when he did likewise that he was able to let the printer choose the color profile and it did a great job, and I have found the same. I have a Dell monitor with no extra calibration.

Well, I threw out a Oly OM-D EM-5 complete system for a song and a dance......I don't miss it at all....I have a 5 year old Canon 550D and love that to bits. Great for making 3D scans......fast, reliable, simple...and the latest in photography....is so lame these days. I don't shoot at night so I don't need a iso range in the kazzillions (ad zz and ll's as appropriate :-)). I don't need 50 Mpixels since it would only clog up Agisoft Photoscan (64 Gb RAM is quite enough thank you), not to speak of my harddrive and since my printer is A3+ anyaway 18 Mpixels is more then adequate!

So great move Mike, a computer is much more important these days's then a camera, that is frankly no more then an imput device.

greets, Ed.

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