Important point: I've been using the cheapest, slowest Mac Minis for years now, and while that hasn't been a problem for stock photography and similar work, it's a severe limitation when working on volume jobs and indeed with video. I was aiming for a MB Air to start with, to save weight and space, but since an increasing volume of my work is commercial with tight deadlines, I've come to the conclusion that having a faster computer will save me time that I can put to good use elsewhere, or simply finish my work earlier, so that I get more time to spare (or hanging out on forums like this :loco: ).>hat "if it isn't the fastest, biggest, latest, most expensive ... it isn't useful at all."
True. But the OP plans to buy a new MBP anyway. Also video is very performance hungry or you wait a lot.
My ultimate aim is to have a completely portable photo/video system that will fit into a smallish bag and can be taken as carry-on luggage when flying, enabling me to edit photos as well as footage wherever I happen to be. These are individual needs, and some may consider this more or less unreachable goals, but I seem to be getting there, slowly.
So while my colleagues hurry back to the big city after "getting the images they need", I stay where I am, getting the photos that are not needed but may be desirable anyhow, and edit what I have at the hotel in the evening, having some local food as an added bonus. The young monks that I posted recently on the Nikon thread is a direct result of this "stay behind" attitude. All the other photographers had left when that happened.