Laptop or Desktop? Post what you're currently using for your editing.

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by Andre Moon, Jun 27, 2018.

  1. Andre Moon

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    Laptop.

    I'm using an Acer 772g V3 17" laptop with Darktable and DigiKam for my digital photography.

    I'd like to upgrade and cannot decide between a Lenovo X1 Carbon with that nice new screen or building a ryzen desktop and purchasing a Eizo CS2420 monitor to pair with it.

    X1 is around $2500+ and I'm sure the desktop build can't be had for less than $1000 + $1300 for the monitor so they are fairly comparable in pricing.

    Portability vs power etc.
     
  2. spectre257

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    Both - Desktop with a large screen for when I'm working at home and a Macbook Air 11' (which seems to handle large raws fine) for when I'm away.
     
  3. havabeer

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    Desktop. Only do video editing though

    5960x
    32gig ram
    1tb SSD

    Basically what’s in my sig
     
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    m2 ssd for locals - NAS for storage
     
  5. TheBear21

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    Only have a desktop. My i5 2500k is still keeping me going (for now). 32gb ram. I have a dedicated SSD I use to work on photos. Once they are done I shuffle them over to a mechanical drive.
     
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    Andre Moon

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    What size raw files are we talking? I'm using a D610 which are around 25-30mb
    Sounds like you've got a good balance between at home with power and on the move with the 11"
     
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    I run a D800 and RX100M4 my raw files are 50-40mb (lossless compressed) a pop and 20mb respectively.
     
  9. Xang

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    i6700K
    64GB RAM
    256 SSD for OS/apps
    512GB SSD for LR Catalog / previews
    27" Dell monitor

    Does the job. LR still sucks.
     
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    MacBook Pro (2012) but i'll use Compressor and offload it to an XServe when it comes to rendering.
     
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    Andre Moon

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    The images on your flickr and website are great!
    Is colour management a consideration in your workflow?
     
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    Andre Moon

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    Ever thought of moving over to Capture One or any of the FOSS offerings? Darktable, Rawtherapee, DigiKam etc.?
     
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    Andre Moon

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    It seems that 32Gb+ is becoming the norm.
    Thanks for the great responses thus far :thumbup:
     
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    I bought a licence for C1 last week, but it's tough finding time in my workflow to learn when I have to turn over client work every day. Might push some personal shots through it until/if I switch over.
     
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    Yeah it is. I have a monitor capable of 99% AdobeRGB. I'd love a Quadro card to get proper 10-bit colour through my workflow but it is not in the budget right now. And there really isn't that great a need for it just yet.
     
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    Mid range I5, 32gb ram, GTX1080 i think
    SSD for OS
    SSD for working space
    SSD for cache/scratch
    7200rpm drive for dump space if i need it
    Drobo DAS
    27" 4k Asus screen for primary and a 1080P samsung
     
  17. NismoR31

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    Trusty desktop which is a somewhat aging i7-4770 w/ 32GB RAM & GTX970, a few SSDs & Syno NAS. Dell U2711 as main screen.

    Recently got a Lenovo X1 Yoga gen 3 (i7, 16GB, 512GB, 1080p panel coz dnw QHD on 14") at a steal price + salary sacrificed.
    Also just ditched Lightroom for ON1 Photo RAW 2018.5 & have set up cloud syncing to my NAS so can instantly transition from desktop to laptop (ON1 doesn't require catalogues & the DAM is FAST). The active pen is fantastic for editing masks & brushes & I kinda prefer using the laptop now. Still use a mouse with it most of the time coz touchpad is just a pita when editing.
     
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    Andre Moon

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    How is the difference between the two screens colour wise?

    That is one capable machine; I've been more conscious of colour lately and the impact a good screen has. Are you using an old screen with the build?
     
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    I calibrate both with a Colormunki Photo. They're pretty close though I haven't fully sperged over it. I'll chuck them side by side with the same image & get back to you.
    Obviously the Dell screen has the pretty heavy anti-glare coating which not everyone likes.
     
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    So the Lenovo screen has a bit more depth than the Dell. It has a little stronger contrast & can do whiter whites, colours slightly more punchy, yet the Dell will also look more saturated in some situations like my windows desktop. The main differences will be due to Dell having CCFL backlight & a matte screen, and the Lenovo LED with a gloss screen.
    You'll probably struggle to get two panels that look identical.

    Paying more attention over the weekend I can say the colours are pretty close, just a few variations in tone between the two in certain situations due to hardware differences.
     
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