TheArchitect wrote in post #16094927
The 50D is soon to be replaced with a 5D3. I have the same question as ShotbyTom. Why a Mac Mini?
I have a 5D Mark II (~26 mb files), Fuji X-E1 (~25 mb files), Sigma DP1 Merrill and DP3 Merrill (~50 mb files), and shoot film up to 4x5" (which are 320 mb files when scanned as 16-bit TIFFs at ~12,000 x 9,600 ppi) and my 2012 Ivy Bridge quad-core i7 Mac Mini renders those images in real time using Aperture (as does the Nik suite). This is one area where Aperture is much better than Lightroom because Aperture uses the gpu and the integrated HD4000 gpu that comes with the Ivy Bridge Mini is a significant improvement over Intel's previous gpu technology. Pixelmator also uses the gpu and is the fastest bit-mapped image editing program you can buy (I have Photoshop CS5 but rarely use it).
The reasons for the top end Mini over an iMac are:
1. You can use nearly any display you want. I have a 27" Apple display for my Mac Pro 12-core at work, but the glossy display and LED backlight limit its usefulness for photography. So I am still using my 24" HP S-IPS matte display, which covers all of sRGB and about 95% of Adobe RGB and has CFL backlighting. For photo work, most photographers agree that matte is better than glossy, which is what you would get with an iMac.
2. The Mac Mini is relatively easy to upgrade. I bought the top-end 2.6 gHz quad-core i7 with the 1 TB spinning hard drive. I spent another $300 to buy a 240 GB 6GB/s SSD and the Data Doubler from OWC and installed it along with the 1 TB spinning drive. I then initialized the drive as a 1.24 TB Fusion drive and it is quite a bit faster now since Apple's Fusion driver is very good - much better than those hybrid drives you can buy from Seagate or Western Digital. Adding a second hard drive to an iMac is dicy work - I sure wouldn't attempt it.
3. The Mac Mini has a Firewire 800 port; the iMac does not.
4. You can upgrade the Mac Mini to 16 GB in about 5 minutes. You can upgrade the RAM in the 27" iMac, but not the 21" iMac.
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