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  • Main editing computer
    Mac laptop
  • Editing software
    Lightroom with Photoshop
  • Monitor Calibrator
  • Cameras, lenses and other photographic equipment
    Nikon d750, 24-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8
  1. Here goes - Standard glass 3.8GHz 8-core 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz 8GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory Radeon Pro 5700 with 8GB of GDDR6 memory 1TB of SSD storage Gigabit Ethernet Magic Mouse 2 Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad — US English + applecare $4748.00 NZD
  2. Ouch! It doesn't come cheap, does it!? Got some saving to do. How much do they change from year to year? Like, if there was a 2019 or a 2020 version around, would that be worth looking at?
  3. I did read it, I promise! I might have gelled over the last bit though, haha. I Just wanted to check as the standard model has the price you'd mentioned, but I wasn't sure if that number was in my currency or in USD (in which case I'd be looking at the pro!) Thanks so much for the help
  4. Thanks! Just checking - would I have to go for pro, or just standard? And yep, I'd definitely go 27"
  5. Thanks Brian, that's very helpful! Never would have thought the laptop would limit what I could use externally. I think I might start saving for a 27" imac - if I'm not going to get the clarity I want, I'll end up not using the external monitor so might as well just wait a little bit!
  6. Thanks @Brian for your help so far! I've actually lost my calibrator, so that's definitely in the budget for another one. The macbook I'm using at the moment is a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013). Yes - I know it's old - even apple told me it's a vintage model now when I tried to buy a replacement battery. It still runs like a charm and I figure provided my software and hardware is compatible (which, so far, it all is), I'll keep it until it starts playing up. Does that make much of a difference when we're talking external monitors? That's interesting you say there's no need to spend above $500 - everything I was reading was recommending a range that fell between $300-2000+ and I figured if I'm wanting professional standard I'd have to pay the premium. I'm doing photography as a day job so definitely want something decent - not a rookie anymore (despite the whole lost calibrator and editing on a very old laptop, haha). There was a dell I had my eye on that was just under a grand - this one - https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/MONDEL42721/Dell-UltraSharp-U2720Q-27-4K-USB-C-Monitor--Up-to - but if the difference is very small for something a few hundred cheaper, then obviously worth considering! A few years ago I bought a cheap monitor and ended up not using it, because despite the laptop screen being small, the retina screen was so much better than the monitor - so I'd want to make sure that I'm getting something that will make me want to use it rather than defaulting to the laptop screen. Would love to hear recommendations! Thanks so much!
  7. Hi Brian, I'm hoping you don't have to answer this question constantly - I did search through a little but didn't go back too far as we all know how quickly technology changes! I'm a macbook pro user - I've had the same machine for years now and it still works a charm. Retina screen, 15 inch. Only thing is I just can't seem to find consistency in my editing - understandable as I'm editing all over the place on a laptop screen. So I'm looking to invest in a good monitor that I can keep in one place. My questions - am I able to use a non-mac screen with a macbook pro? will it still calibrate okay? (it's one of those versions that still has USB ports so I'm not worried about connection). What's on the market now that you would recommend, with a budget up to about 1K? Happy to spend if a couple hundred dollars makes a decent difference in quality. There seem to be so many different models and I'm not techy enough to know the difference! Thanks in advance! Siobhan
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