First of all, a few days ago when we were discussing the Fuji X-T1, a couple of people complained about the write speed. The X-T1 is one of the few cameras on the market configured to take advantage of the new UHS-II high-speed cards. UHS-II cards are significantly more expensive (I wanted four of the 32GB Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-II cards, but bought just two of the 16GB cards, attempting to have my cake and economize too), but they're much faster—250 MB/sec. write speed compared to 90 MB/sec. write speed for the UHS-I version of the same card, and just 6 MB/sec. for the cheapest SD cards! A big difference.
With most cameras you won't see the speed difference. UHS-II cards will work with UHS-I devices, but not at the higher bus speeds.
UHS-I card vs. UHS-II card
Under the heading of Lessons Learned the Hard Way: if you're buying an Apple laptop, and you intend to do photo editing on it, you really do want the Retina screen. There's a good reason Apple is transitioning to Retinas—it's because its older screens have horrendous vertical viewing angle problems. On the good side, you can adjust the tonality and density of pictures you're looking at by just tilting the screen. On the bad side, well, the tonality and density of what you're looking at changes radically when you tilt the screen.
The iMac with the 5k Retina display is on sale today too, in limited quantities.
The several people who told me to get a Retina screen when I was asking for advice about my current laptop can now say "I told you so." In my defense, for the most part I'm using the laptop with a 27" Cinema Display, in which setup the quality of the laptop screen doesn't matter. But if I had it to do again I'd get a Retina screen like the 13" Macbook Pro that's on sale today. Worth the extra cost, according to someone who was too cheap to shell out said extra cost.
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Fazal Majid: "The Retina MacBook Pros are the only ones with IPS panels, and also the only ones that have true 8-bit panels, as opposed to 6-bit panels that cycle very quickly between values in a form of temporal dithering. The iPads also have IPS/Retina, which is why an iPad is superior for displaying photos to any non-Retina MacBook Pro."
Ctein: "Dear Mike, re: the laptop screen...I will take advantage of your terribly kind offer. Toldja so."