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06-14-2011, 06:33 AM   #1
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645D users: what kind of computer do you use?

What do you guys use??

You guys will laugh. I use a Mac mini, 2.53 GHz with Intel Core 2 duo, only with 4 GB of RAM.

Interestingly, I have not gotten the urge to get a faster beast. Yeah, I have to wait a bit for everything, and yes my LR3 is a tad sluggish, but all in all, not that bad.

06-14-2011, 07:13 AM   #2
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You're not going to be happy when you go to make a panorama.

If you're happy though; Why not just stick with what you've got?
06-14-2011, 07:59 AM   #3
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A Mac Pro at home and at work (networked wirelessly approximately 100 yards apart)
2.8 gig dual quad core at home, newer 2.8 gig single quad core at retail location, 8 and 16 gigs of RAM, respectively. Both equipped with Bluray burners, video and editing software includes FC, LR, CS4 and also running Windows on both (dual boot). I also use a PC with XP as a print spooler for Canon ipf8300.

A 4-5 frame stitch from 645D files can require 3-4 minutes. I wish I had more horsepower.
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I don't use the 645D but I thought I'd pop in since I'm kind of a hardware nerd (hope that's okay).

I use to use an iMac from '07, 2.4 Ghz c2d with 4 GB of RAM and a 150 GB WD VelociRaptor 10K RPM HDD. It's done a great job over the years but after I bought the K-5 and started stitching large panoramas, I needed more. As of a couple weeks ago, I'm now running on a 2.3 Ghz i7 Macbook Pro with 8 GB of RAM and 240 GB SSD from OWC (6G model w/ 500+ MB/s read/write).

I couldn't be happier; it's blazing fast (at least compared to the '07 iMac, haha). I run LR and PS CS5. LR is super snappy now.

If I were using a 654D I'd probably jump into a Mac Pro or a custom built desktop rig of some sort.

@CDW - I'm curious as to how long my new MBP would take stitching a similar panorama (4-5 or more frames). Would you be so kind (or someone else) as to send me those frames so I could give it a whirl?

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I can edit 500MB+ scanned MF and LF film files on a Mac Pro 3.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon with 8GB of memory using LR3 + CS5 pretty smoothly. Really smooth when I re-size them to 250MB files. But LR3 is pretty memory hungry and can bog down especially when I send the image to CS5 for further editing from LR3. So 16GB of memory may be installed soon.

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I have a 2010 MP 3.2ghz with 24 gigs of ram and multiple internal hard drives. I use a 120G SSD for the boot drive (and applications) and a Dell u3011 monitor.
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It would take a long time to send those files! I stitch TIFs in 16 bit format which makes each frame almost 240 megs in size. But I would guess you'd be looking at five minutes or so to do a 4-5 frame stitch from 645d files. You could always downsize them to 8 bit or even high res JPGs from the TIFs and reduce the time fairly dramatically.
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2010 MacPro. 6 core 3.33 GHz. 24 GB Ram. 2x240 GB SSD Raid 0 boot/application drive. 5TB Internal Hard Drives. 24" wide format and 21" normal format NEC monitors. Works well for me.

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Don't have the 645D, but my scans are huge (screen cezanne), and my 2007 MacPro deals with it admirably well. That is, once transferred from a 2000 G4 (oh dear). That 11 year old machine is slow, but it still runs
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Stiching I have not tried. My Epson 3880 does not take rolls therefore no panorama, although I think there is a way though. But, if I want to go panoramic, I want to go larger than that. Interestingly, since getting 645d, I have more urge to buy a larger printer than lenses.
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With my 2011 MBP (i7) I stuck in 8Gb RAM and swapped the rather bleh 5400rpm 750Gb HDD out for a 500Gb Seagate Hybrid drive.
It shuffles along quite nicely with those two upgrades.
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I have a iMac 27 2.8GHz Intel Core i5 with 16Gb of ram. Works good. Could be a bit faster but I'm fine with this for now.

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