[alt-photo] Re: Mac upgrade choices for digital photo files

Earl and Patty Johnson earlj at comcast.net
Wed Aug 11 23:17:52 GMT 2010


I recently (March 2010) purchased an iMac with 8 Gig of memory and a 2 core processor for $1990. It runs CS4 with no problems. I have scanned 8x10 negatives for printing up to 12x15 with no problems. The nice part is that you do not need to purchase a separate monitor. I would not hesitate to recommend a new or refurbished iMac for your purposes.

Earl Johnson

On Aug 11, 2010, at 4:59 PM, Dianna Rust wrote:

> I need to upgrade my Mac and am not sure what would work best, given budget
> considerations.   For years I have used a (now vintage) Mac G4, which is
> getting too old, too full and far, far too slow.
> Photographically I need to be able to bring in a scanned image, which could
> be from an 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 negative.  I will be using Photoshop  to make
> enlarged digital negatives that will be in the region of 16 x 20 at about
> 360 dpi.  However, I may occasionally want to try making a file that would
> enlarge an image to, say 36" x 48" at 360 dpi, so I can have a high end
> printer make me a digital image.   This would not be often and not many.
> I have looked at the Pro Macs and could stretch my budget to about $2,000+,
> while sticking with a very large Apple monitor I already have (the old
> kind!).  My other thought is whether I could use an iMac for my purposes.
> I do already have one or two fairly large capacity external hard drives that
> I store my images on.
> There’s also the question of whether I could work with a Power Book.   I’d
> have to hook that up to a large monitor, mouse etc, though it would be a
> little cheaper than a desk computer.  I’m not, however, very likely to use
> it other than at my desk.
> Does anyone have any suggestions/thoughts, please.  Thank you.
> Dianna
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