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    Traveling Kit | Desktop alternative for handling Multi Layered IQ180 files

    Good day,

    We're looking to purchase MacBook or PC laptop to work on location (traveling kit) that can handle IQ180 multi layered PS files, stitching, batch processing etc.

    Dell offer:

    - 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i7-3940XM Proc (Extreme 3.0GHz, 8M cache, Upgradable to Intel® vPro™

    - 32gg RAM

    - 2x 512GB 2.5" (SATA3) Mobility Solid State Drive

    - NVIDIA® Quadro® K5000M with 4GB GDDR5

    - LCDs: 17.3" UltraSharp™ FHD (1920x1080) Premier Color IPS RGB Anti-Glare,Premium Panel


    MacBook equivalent if not better? Perhaps you guys know of specialist who custom makes or rather configures Mac computers.

    We are also interested in 30'' monitor and Wacom DTH2400 Cintiq 24HD Touch Display to work in tandem. Not sure if any of you have similar setup?

    Any suggestions appreciated.

    Thank you

    PS: Phase or Leaf for better dynamic range?

    Apologies in advance if this thread doesn't belong here. It's my first post.

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    Re: Traveling Kit | Desktop alternative for handling Multi Layered IQ180 files

    Re: computers...

    I'd suggest the Capture One Hardware article I wrote late last year.

    I'd want to speak with you in more detail about your application (you're welcome to call me) but in general I recommend going with a maxed out MacBookPro and calling it a day.

    There are two reasons for this:
    - As you'd expect there is a point of strong diminishing returns after you are at the "very good" laptop level.
    - Capture One is tested on both Windows and Mac and with a broad variety of configurations, but naturally it's tested the most often on the most common computer configurations. $6k Alienware laptop with overclocked CPU and 3xSSD RAID-0 storage may have a leg up in performance, but the chance that you'll have to hassle with troubleshooting a video driver, or a bug in the OS, C1, or other issue is much higher than if you stick with a well spec'd MacBookPro.
    - Industrial Design: even if you're very careful about your equipment a laptop is likely to get banged around, and the MacBookPro unibody is a very tough design.
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    Re: Traveling Kit | Desktop alternative for handling Multi Layered IQ180 files

    OWC sells MacBook memory upgrades, and has installation videos, but I don't think they will do the uprgrade for you: Memory for MacBook, MacBook Pro 2GB, 4GB, 8GB & Now 16GB - OWC Certified RAM for Apple Mac with Lifetime Warranty

    A few people here have upgraded MacBook Pros, adding memory and SSDs. You'll probably hear from them.

    Or you could just listen to Doug. He's often right.
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    Re: Traveling Kit | Desktop alternative for handling Multi Layered IQ180 files

    I've been a long term user of a Dell Precision M6400 laptop which has "Extream CPU Q9300 @2.53, 4 Core and 16 GB Ram and 2-internal drives. The other thing I like about it is has 4-USB2 (1 is also eSata) and a full-size firewire. 17"monitor. I'll be replacing it next year with the M6700 that now offers USB3 ports and 32GB Ram.

    The Dell Precision laptops are billed at being a mobile workstation a claim I agree with.

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    Re: Traveling Kit | Desktop alternative for handling Multi Layered IQ180 files

    Re: Digital Back brands:

    The 80mp Dalsa sensor in the IQ180 and Credo 80 and Aptus II 12 has the best dynamic range. There is no significant difference between these three models, though if you have to pick a nit I'd say the IQ180 and Credo 80 at ISO35 have better dynamic range than the Aptus II 12 (but again, it's minutia).
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