dmanthree

dmanthree

Lives in United States (USA), MA, United States
Works as a Retired
Joined on Nov 24, 2003

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tozz: Amazing machines, the only downside I've seen is the new power bricks, they're now at 140W, which means all my USB-C power delivery is meaningless (cables are only rated for 100W and power units the same).
I assume Apple raised it for a reason, the new machines require it (which I don't really get since this should require less power..), still, frustrating to not be able to use existing power units (the Intel ones used 98W) for full load and charge.

So the old USB-C power adapters won't work, or will work slower?

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2021 at 20:33 UTC
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Nicolas Det: Not repairable, not upgradeable, no USB.. Personally, did not asked for it.

Fortunately, you have lots of choices. Of course they're repairable; anything is. And USB is available via adapters.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2021 at 20:32 UTC

Is it fair to say that still shooters won't get much benefit moving from the Pro to the Max chipset? Not sure, just taking a flyer...

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2021 at 20:31 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies
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CaPi: Interesting

Not one complaint about pricing so far

I stand corrected.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2021 at 20:23 UTC
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gameshoes3003: I'm holding out with my old desktop that still uses a Sandy Bridge (2nd Gen) processor. I recently got 32gb of ddr3 RAM for it, and my god, it's hard to find good ddr3 ram these days.
With the advent ARM takeover of the market, I don't want to be putting money into a build that could be seeing the end of its life fairly soon.
I had considered selling my RTX 2060, which fetches a good price now, to fund an M1 Mac purchase but, I just don't like MacOS. I hope the Windows manufacturers make something compelling soon.

Isn't that just the "insider preview" version of Win 11 for ARM?

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2021 at 20:22 UTC
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Raist3d: Amazing the 14'' configuration can support the M1 Max full 32 GPU core / 64 GB ram.

Looks like the 16" pros have a couple of fans that kick on when needed. Likely low speed, but that will affect battery life. They should be available soon, so we'll see soon enough.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2021 at 19:27 UTC
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CaPi: Interesting

Not one complaint about pricing so far

Pricing is the same as the Intel units were. So I guess we got that all out of our systems a while ago.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2021 at 19:23 UTC

These actually look better than I thought. In addition to the M1 Pro/Max core, they've upgraded the ports, keyboard, function keys (yay), and display. Same starting price as the older models, as well.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2021 at 19:07 UTC as 49th comment
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Raist3d: Amazing the 14'' configuration can support the M1 Max full 32 GPU core / 64 GB ram.

Apple has finally lost the "cripple hammer" they borrowed from Canon. Good news.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2021 at 19:06 UTC
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Bento2: It sounds good that they say that there is up to 17 hours of video playback but when you go to the Apple website they say:

Up to 17 hours Apple TV app movie playback

So video playback in any other app will result in a much shorter battery life.

Maybe, OK, probably. But it still looks like the battery life is excellent. We'll see.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2021 at 19:05 UTC
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Photoman: ...which ladies and gentlemen you CAN'T do with a Mac ;)

Yes, on many laptops you can upgrade the drive and RAM. But building one from the ground up is what I was referring to, which is still not really possible. It appears that most laptop makers employ their own proprietary designs for many components, including the MB. Oh, well. Now, about those new M1 Pro and Max laptops...

;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2021 at 19:04 UTC
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Photoman: ...which ladies and gentlemen you CAN'T do with a Mac ;)

I built my own PCs for years. Honestly, got sick of it. Now I have a MacBook Pro. And since I spend time, several months, in two distant locations a mobile is the only way to go for me. So...how many PC users are building their own laptops?

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2021 at 00:05 UTC
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jonby: Is it feasible to build something which will run MacOS, or are there too many hurdles?

Nope. Not even remotely possible. And like "terrible" said, even if you do manage to get the OS to run, something else won't.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2021 at 19:24 UTC
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gameshoes3003: I'm holding out with my old desktop that still uses a Sandy Bridge (2nd Gen) processor. I recently got 32gb of ddr3 RAM for it, and my god, it's hard to find good ddr3 ram these days.
With the advent ARM takeover of the market, I don't want to be putting money into a build that could be seeing the end of its life fairly soon.
I had considered selling my RTX 2060, which fetches a good price now, to fund an M1 Mac purchase but, I just don't like MacOS. I hope the Windows manufacturers make something compelling soon.

I thought Windows 11 was already available, to "insiders," in ARM variety? I'm betting it will be available in ARM sooner rather than later.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2021 at 19:22 UTC
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Jon555: Amazed this doesn't already have 1,000 comments saying you're wrong.
Really it's a case of taking your budget and splitting it between the various items reasonably evenly. It's better to have an upper-mid-range graphics card and CPU than a high-end CPU and mid-range graphics card unless the program that matters most to you benchmarks in a way to suggest differently.
Not convinced Thunderbolt is as important as you suggest tho.
Plus save some money to have somewhere to back everything up to...

There's sufficient variation in the PC hardware world so that all answers are all at once right and wrong.

;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2021 at 19:21 UTC

The hardware is the easy part. Getting all that hardware to behave under Windows (assuming that's what you'll use...) can be an adventure. Admittedly, I haven't built my own box in a few years.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2021 at 15:58 UTC as 61st comment | 5 replies
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Opera Fan: This is a good lens for Sony users. It is noticeably better than the older model which as Chris implied didn't have the best reputation.
Lenstip reviewed it and even though the Nikon is a little sharper wide open, it compared well.
Size wise it is still a few inches larger than the Canon, so its not the smallest lens, but it is smaller than some other similar lenses.

If you use a different system there is no reason here to switch, but if you should Sony and can afford it, you should see benefits over the older lens. It is a good addition to the Sony lenses.

That 70-200 f4 is one of the reasons I shoot Canon. Some of us simply don't need f2.8. Sure, it might be nice once in a while, but, well, I'll take smaller and lighter.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2021 at 19:27 UTC
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thxbb12: lenstip just reviewed it, they were fast!

https://www.lenstip.com/617.1-Lens_review-Sony_FE_70-200_mm_f_2.8_GM_OSS_II_Introduction.html

Sony did it again: it looks like they managed to produce the best 70-200 f2.8 lens out there.
In fact, it beats the new Nikon Z 70-200 in all categories, while being smaller, lighter and with fewer lens elements (17 elements/14 groups vs 21 elements/18 groups)!
The "wide mount" talk from Nikon seems a bit difficult to swallow. Even if it allows for better theoretical designs, in practice Sony is manufacturing incredible lenses, often better than the competition, despite their so called limited mount.

Here is the Nikon Z review for comparison: https://www.lenstip.com/616.1-Lens_review-Nikon_Nikkor_Z_70-200_mm_f_2.8_VR_S_Introduction.html

Keep in mind I'm saying all of this while being a Fuji-X user. I don't use Sony nor Nikon gear.

Too bad Lenstip doesn't or can't test the Canon RF lenses. I'd be curious how this compares to the Canon variants.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2021 at 18:44 UTC
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Opera Fan: This is a good lens for Sony users. It is noticeably better than the older model which as Chris implied didn't have the best reputation.
Lenstip reviewed it and even though the Nikon is a little sharper wide open, it compared well.
Size wise it is still a few inches larger than the Canon, so its not the smallest lens, but it is smaller than some other similar lenses.

If you use a different system there is no reason here to switch, but if you should Sony and can afford it, you should see benefits over the older lens. It is a good addition to the Sony lenses.

I think what's important here is that Sony recognized a weak spot in their lineup and addressed it. I don't shoot Sony, but this sure looks like a nice lens.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2021 at 18:42 UTC
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ZeroOne01: Pre-ordered it for my Zfc.

Looks like it will make a nice one lens kit. Not for me, but still looks nice.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2021 at 17:32 UTC
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