True. Very true. I needed some device to bring with me so that I could maintain the photography store site from the road; correspond with customers etc. as well as have a hard drive and dvd burner for offloading my raw files. It finally hit me that a laptop is necessary. (Brent and a few others told me that last week).
So that took me to cost comparisions between some DELL laptops, and some Macbooks. I decided to go with a DELL VOSTRO 1310.
SPECS: 4.6 lbs; 2 GB RAM; XP Pro o/s; 1.8 GHz, 2mb L2 duo processor; DVD burner; 4 usb ports; wireless card; 9-cell battery; 250 GB 7200 rpm Drive with free fall Sensor, and an 8/1 media reader … and all of this for $764.
I couldn’t get anywhere close to those specs with the macbooks, because the only ones I could find that were new had better specs for more money. I remember saying to myself, what are these guys (Apple) really selling and my answer was: the OS. So just for the fun of it, I wondered if it was possible to buy the DELL and install Panther on it. Turns out – that there is a way to do this; sort of.
At any rate, to get the MacBook Pro that I wanted – that was going to be about $3K.
So for purposes of having enough money for the next camera and the traveling – I’ll go with the Dell. It is amazing that they actually offer having XP pre-installed instead of Vista as a BONUS FEATURE.
As to where I’m going to travel – that is yet to be decided.
And while I was thinking this all through, including the camera situation, it struck me that when I bought the 7800 printer, it paid for itself with larger prints within a month. It was that quick.
I wonder whether a camera ever does pay for itself at all. For example – suppose that I did buy the 5D II and took some great pictures with it. According to my theory – conservation of artistic production – no matter what the camera used, the number of good pictures per year is going to be roughly the same. And of those say 5 good pictures, how many are people going to want at a size that I can’t do now? Very few. In short, unless there was a specific commercial assignment, I can’t see the camera ever paying for itself. That doesn’t mean don’t get it – it’s just a piece of what I’ll call the reality of the photo business.
The larger printer can pay for itself quickly because there is a demand for the larger prints; but the printer is matched well with the 40D. With a bit of extrapolation (Photo Zoom Pro 2), the 40D will produce very good 24 x 36 prints, and that’s the limit of the 7800 for that aspect ratio.