thanks to a few individuals on here, i downloaded a trial of LR3, and almost immediately fell in love with it. i am still catching my bearings, and alot of the things it can do, i can do in DPP, but there is so much more available in terms of fine adjustments. i think i will be purchasing the full version (hopefully the student discount applies to grad school students as well )
that being said, i do my PP on my 13" macbook. as much as i love the multitouch trackpad, it doesnt offer super-fine control. this got me thinking about getting some sort of precision input device. lookign on amazon, i can pick up a microsoft 5000 laser mouse for about $40, and my local craigslist has a wacom bamboo pen & touch in excellent condition for roughly the same amount.
in both cases the input device would be used mainly for PP, as i am quite happy to use the trackpad for general use. the mouse is wireless/bluetooth, whereas the tablet is not (i prefer to keep my table neat). which one would the public recommend to go with?
its pretty much the same $$$, so it really comes down to which is more versatile:
mouse: more applicable for general use, no cord
tablet: more precision, long cord, takes up alot of space
on a side note... can anyone who has the wacom bamboo pen (and/or pen+touch) comment on how well it works and how it fits into the workflow?