Now that the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday have calmed a bit, I wanted to throw up a quick post with my list of what every photographer needs for Christmas or Hanukkah or Festivus (my holiday of choice) or for no reason whatsoever. Well, maybe not every photographer, but I sure wouldn’t return any of these gifts if I found them under my tree this year!
I’ve done a bit of a review on Apple’s new laptop line in the past, but just to reiterate, this is the one you want:
15-inch MacBook Pro
- 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
- 320GB Serial ATA @ 7200 Hard Drive
Apple 24″ LED Cinema Display
If you’ve got a desk where you frequently use your new laptop, you’ll really enjoy one of these.
From the Apple website: When you’re working in your office, enjoy the convenience of a display designed specifically for the new MacBook family. In three easy connections you’ll extend your desktop, charge your Mac, and extend your USB ports to connect your iPhone, iPod, or other peripheral. The stunning, all-digital, 24-inch LED-backlit widescreen display is mercury-free and features a glossy finish that makes graphics, photos, and video appear with rich color and deep blacks. It offers 1920-by-1200-pixel resolution for viewing high-definition (HD) content with room to spare. The unique built-in MagSafe power connector will charge your Mac when connected, so you can keep your power adapter in your travel bag, ready to hit the road. And it offers three USB 2.0 ports, a built-in iSight camera, microphone, and speakers, ideal for having video conferences, listening to music, and watching movies.
Available at the Apple Online Store.
Check out this article for more on using a tablet in Lightroom. The Intuos3 6×8 is my tablet of choice, but there are some other options that I outline in that article.
Basically, I like the option of having this larger size available when I need it, plus I enjoy the extra set of buttons.
You may as well get the cool Intuos3 6X8 Travel Bag, too, right?! It is Christmas, after all.
If you need a portable hard drive, and everyone needs portable hard drives, my recommendation is the LaCie Rugged All-Terrain 500GB FireWire 800/ FireWire 400/USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive. This drive is, as it’s named, quite rugged. It connects via USB 2.0, FireWire 400 or FireWire 800. Use the FireWire 800 connection, if you can, obviously.
It is rugged, but, just to be sure, I carry mine in a Case Logic Compact Portable Hard Drive Case. It fits perfectly.
Completely unnecessary, but geekily fashionable, are the set of 3 colored sleeves for the drive. It comes with an orange one, but if that clashes with your Gucci laptop bag, you can use these to ramp up your style.
If you’re working in a high volume shooting environment, a fast card reader is a big time saver. the Lexar Pro Series CompactFlash Reader Firewire 800 is a nice one.
To get the best performance out of it, you’ll need a UDMA CF card like the 4GB Lexar Professional UDMA 300X CompactFlash Card. Find out the absolute fastest card for your model camera at Rob Galbraith’s CF/SD Performance Database. Incredible!
Of course, you’ll need a camera that’s compatible with UDMA cards, so why not throw down for the:
The Nikon D700 12.1MP Digital SLR Camera is the camera on my wish list!
The 12.1-megapixel FX-format (full-frame) sensor and high ISO/low noise (from ISO 100 (Lo-1) to 25,600 (Hi-2)) performance really interest me. Of course, the High-Def video from the Canon EOS 5D Mark II really excites me, as well, but I can’t afford to change brands right now.
Use the comments below to ask any questions, share your holiday wish list, or “air any grievances” you may have.
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