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Sunday, 25 July 2021


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Since you brought it up...I now run both PCs and Macs. Macs are easier, PCs are more...congruent...with the business world. There are standard pieces of software that get upset every year or so with new OSX releases. Word is one of them. I need Word to be not upset, and it's not upset if you run it on a PC.

I've been on Macs since the 90s, and here is a small secret that many Mac owners won't acknowledge (including me, until this past spring.) Basically, good PCs are better than Macs in most ways, except for the operating system, which is too clunky. You can get both desktop and laptop PCs that are as fast or faster that Macs with more ports and unusual additional features (my Lenovo desktop has both a phone charger built-in and a LED light panel that shines down on paper that sitting under the front of the computer that you may be copying or editing, and odd, but, I've found, extremely useful feature.) The screens are the same as on Macs, so that's a wash. Anyway, I've lost the old-times Mac religion and have become an agnostic.

We just ordered two new new PCs because our old ones couldn’t handle our new cameras’ large files. I writhed on the floor for a couple of days trying to decide, then I just ordered them from Puget Systems as we have to have them. So I fully understand how hard it is too decide. UGH. But I will forget the agony when they get here. We don’t upgrade often. I was out of the loop on what is available.

Nice story about the X-T1!

I agree with you on the 'Mac or PC?' choice, and the former 'Canon or Nikon' choice as well. The key thing is to stick with your choice. Changing your mind results in penury, I think.

I've been using Macs for about 20 years. I'm sure that none of them have actually been better than an equivalent PC, but that wasn't the point. I had just started a new job with a (very) small software company - just me and the boss - and I was working from home. (The boss lived 300 miles away). The company provided me with a computer, monitor, and everything else I needed. Working at home was new to me, however, and I found I needed some external cues as to when I was 'at work' and when I wasn't. I was spending a lot of time at a desk in a small home-office anyway, and furthermore the job turned out to feature 'flexible working hours'. Obviously I had to have my own computer - I couldn't do personal stuff on the work computer - and I decided that making *my* computer a different sort of computer from the work one would be useful - an extra cue as to whether I was working or not. So I bought a Mac, and I've stuck with that choice.

(Having said that there's probably no real difference between Macs and equivalent PCs, I have a feeling from what I've read that the new Apple Silicon processors have changed that, certainly for laptops.)

Is it embarassing that I use my current camera (Fuji GX680) for way over ten years now and still there isn't anything on the market that would even remotely make me consider switching? And I am a hardware geek, not gonna lie here, switched just about every other thing I use daily except for the watch.

It's probably worth pointing out that here in the U.S. we had a lot of help from Mr. Gorbachev's successors when it came to 'breaking up into two teams'. One can loathe Putin while marveling at the ingenuity with which Russia's intelligence services have gleefully exploited and magnified America's social divisions by manipulating social media.

And Mike, you surely should check out Fuji's X-T4. All the IBIS goodness of the X-H1 in a much prettier package, plus those lovely retro control dials. I have always found the X-H1's exposure compensation maddening, requiring a fingernail on a tiny button while simultaneously turning a rubbery plastic dial. Did the designers ever try using it? The only drawback by my quirky standards is the oversized viewfinder housing on the X-T4, presumably due to IBIS, so it's not quite as pretty as its predecessor.

Just to help reset the needle to zero, a good reminder that photography ain’t really about cameras.

The Guardian 2021 iPhone Photography Awards


I hate to create a wedge between Mac and Windows, but what about Raspberry Pi?

Mike, Mr Gorbachev was right. We have broken up into two segments that hate each other, MAGA versus "liberal". And it is destroying the nation. There will be more violence during the midterm elections.

Back to computers. I think each household needs 1 mac and 1 PC. Certain things are easier and faster on a Mac, but other simple tasks seem clumsy. Other tasks are easier to do an a PC.

The new M1 Mac is a problem because a lot of software will not run on that chip. This might be the time to buy an Intel chip Mac while you still can get one so that you can run your legacy software.

Mac or PC? If someone hasn't landed on a satisfactory for them answer, they haven't been trying. Just lately Mac seems to be ahead with their new M1 chip, and personally I can't wait for them to start selling a 27 or 30 inch iMac with the new chip or it's followup, and pretty please with sugar on top, put the SD card slot on the SIDE, not the back. But next month or next year the PC's will get a new chip and the merry go round goes round again.

I just consider how fortunate we are to have such amazing computers, and cameras, and everything else, even as we swear at them from time to time. Consider what computer scientists would say if you took a recent model laptop back say, 50 or 60 years. They'd wet their pants. And what would professional photographers from then think of the current models of cameras from any manufacturer, assuming a current computer to run editing software?

Qualifier: Slightly germane to a paragraph or two in this current Sunday Support Group entry.

Go ahead and buy a shiny new Sony A6600. I purchased one a few months ago when they were on sale. My verdict: It's a wonderful camera. Image quality is great, IBIS is fine, ergonomics are fine, long battery life, and more. I'm now jonesing for the Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD Lens for Sony E.

I like your clickbait title. I have a PC with my photo editing software on it but my daily driver for browsing and email is an iPad Pro, so I have a foot in both camps. I built the PC myself so I had to get Windows and I didn’t want to mess about with Linux.

I’m going to be a bit contentious here and say that I think that the latest iteration of the iMac looks like a parody of itself. I find the big “chin” very off putting and it seems to have lost its character in the redesign.

Its not just the choice of a computer. Your phone, your tablet and your computer can be synchronized such that email, texts, photos, calendars, etc can all be duplicated on all of your registered devices. This can be very handy when traveling, my iPad mini suffices by itself. I can even download photos taken during the day to review and edit. Big difference from even a few years ago - Simply Amazing!

Mac vs. PC. Canon vs. Nikon vs. Sony vs. .....

The reason there's so much disputation is that the choices are so very nearly equal.

Forgive me if I'm repeating myself, because the story of the XT1 seems familiar, but it sounds suspiciously like a part of you (perhaps wiser, perhaps GAS-ier, perhaps both) tricked the rest of you into buying it.

I wonder, though, if you would have learned to like the other cameras too, if you had as much time to get acquainted. That's not at all a criticism. I just mean that cameras these days are both very complex and rather quirky. We're forced to invest time to just learn what settings are available and where they are, before we can even start to figure out how we want them set.

The answer for Nikon Vs Canon? Hasselblad. Or Rollie. Or Yashica Mat. Or Minolta Autocord*. Or Graflex. I always kept a pair of Nikons because sometimes (usually) quality wasn't as important as quantity and you could always rent stuff.

*I love my Autocord

A correction to Peter Wright’s “correction”. The United Kingdom did not come into existence until 1707. Before then, England and Scotland were separate kingdoms each with its own parliament but with the same person acting as head of state. Both assemblies had to pass an Act of Union to put into effect the Treaty of Union agreed by the two sides in 1706.


Why not give the Fujifilm X-S10 a try? I don't have any personal time with one but it seems like it would tick a lot of the boxes for you: latest sensor, IBIS, smallish body, and classic handling. Plus, you get to keep all of your Fujifilm lenses.

Funny how with "PC" people always seem to assume "Windows"... tho everyone knows of course that Linux is by far the best of all worlds (tongue in cheek if that wasn't clear enough anyway) ;)

Just a tip for Geoff Wittig on using the X-H1...you can configure the X-H1 so that it is not necessary to hold down the top panel button on the while turning the command dial to adjust comp. I've been using mine in this configuration since Feb., 2018. Reading the manual helps here. Cheers.

My advice: buy either one, maybe pre-loved, and install Linux... Even 10 year old Macs do fine with it.

This will not limit your photography, but printing. At least for me the successful way for the last 15 years was this combo, using Windows for driving the printer in a virtual environment.

The hardware has grown so much better over the last decades, that many computers outlive the support of their vendors, and it would be a shame to discard them.

At least for me, concentrating on photography is the main target. The computer just should not get in the way. Any brand or operating system you feel confident with will do.

My primary digital camera is 8 years old (Panasonic GX7), I've bought it used, and I've been using it for 6 years. My secondary digital camera is 13 years old (Canon 5D mkII), I've been using it for 3 years now. My three newest film cameras are 20 and 22 years old (Pentax MZ-S and Minolta Dynax 5 are 20, Nikon F100 is 22), I got them some time during the last 6 years. My smaller/city/fun car is 13 years old (Citroën C2 VTS), my highway/travel car is 21 years old (Hyundai Sonata). I've bought Citroën two years ago, Hyundai is with me for the last decade.

Apparently, I like keeping things, using them for a long time!

Regarding the “character defect” - I disagree. It’s not a defect, it’s a habit issue, IMO. I share the same (not a) “defect” but have trained myself to use technology at my disposal. I set reminders and calendar events right away.

For example, when I am at the physical therapy office and make my next appointment, I enter it on my iPhone immediately, either while at the front desk or once I reach my car.

For bill pay, all banks and FCUs (as far as I know) support the ability online/app to enter bill scheduled payments. So if I buy something with a credit card because of some offer or points to be earned, I either send a payment right away or schedule it to meet or beat the payment date.

Like all habits, this took some time to develop. I think I’ve only missed two or three deadlines/appointments in many years.

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