Are Macs better than PCs for photography work? If so, why?

Started Mar 31, 2013 | Questions thread
trac63 Contributing Member • Posts: 800
Re: Are Macs better than PCs for photography work? If so, why?

theJuke2 wrote:

I'm trying to look for a new desktop which will be dedicated just to my photography work and I won't be using it for anything else. I am a PC person by nature, but I am not opposed to Mac. What are the pros and cons? Everyone I talk to seems to prefer Mac. I'm trying to find some PC users (or past PC users) to get their input and see how they feel about the Mac/PC comparison for photography work. If you are a past PC user, why did you switch? I'm looking for the pros and cons for each. (Please don't give me the "Macs don't get viruses" reason, and please don't tell me that Macs are made with all Mac hardware and processors - that isn't true any more.) I'm looking purely for functionality. Thank you!

I use Linux for almost all of my photographic needs. Then again I don't need anything more than AfterShot Pro and the GIMP. Printer support in Linux is pretty good with CUPS (which Apple bought out and ported to MacOS). I am not a pro photographer, and don't need any of the tethering software or Photoshop plug-ins that pros tend to rely on nowadays. Calibrating your monitor in Linux can be a real chore too.

As for Mac vs. PC? The debate is inane. Macs are PCs running MacOS. The issue is really one of MacOS vs. Windows. MacOS is essentially FreeBSD with Apple's proprietary graphics layer on top of it. Technically it's superior to Windows in a lot of ways but the support for 3rd party software and peripheral devices is not nearly as good.

Hardware-wise I can build a much faster, quieter workstation with better quality components for less money if I choose to run Windows or Linux.

With laptops it's a little less clear-cut but even there, a manufacturer like Asus makes really good laptops that usually sell for a lot less money than their Apple equivalents.

Realistically though, I don't think your choice of Mac vs. PC will make the slightest bit of difference in terms of meeting your photo editing or workflow needs. It's really a matter of personal choice.

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