You are assuming things from most likely your personal perspective. For one thing the camera or back may require a computer to connect too.
Originally Posted by Gazoobee
I would think the real question is why you want to store all those photos on your laptop. If you are shooting so much at such a high res that storage is a problem then you should really be using a desktop class machine.
Actually in some cases photographers do use a desktop class machine rolled around on a cart. This can be less than ideal. If you can come up with a laptop, with the right hardware, it can make for a far better system.
As for storing all of those photos, he probably doesn't. I can't read minds here but you would certainly want the data of current clients with you if at all possible. That might mean a couple of months or a couple of years worth of data.
That was the case before Retina and before SSDs also.
It is interesting that people are demanding here that users move forward and drop their need for Ethernet and ODD but this guy wants Apple to move forward on another front and gets his post picked apart. Do you see the problem here?
A laptop is a horrible choice for keeping all your photos safe.
Agreed, but he didn't say anything about keeping them safe on the machine, his issue is capacity to do his job and run a business.
At the very least you want a backup which means you have to regularly connect your laptop to something else like another computer or a giant hard drive to back it up. And all the time your laptop is away from this thing, you aren't backed up at all.
Which is a good justification for an optical disk drive. That is if the disk can hold a days work. I wouldn't be surprised to see photographers backing up to optical disk a few times a day, in the field, for critical projects. Am alternative is to back up to something over USB such as a dongle or hard drive.
Note that these are only working backups for the days business. Archiving and storage woulda veto tak place on a separate system probably a disk array.
It would make more sense to me to dump the laptop and switch to an iPad that's connected and backed up to the cloud on a minute by minute basis.
How many cameras can you do real time control from an iPad? Frankly iPads are of limited use for many common field photography needs.
Then you won't have any storage or backup problems, your mobile gear will be much lighter and cheaper, and you can concentrate on just taking the pictures.
You storage and back up problems only get worst.
All a good photographer in the field needs is a device for taking the shots (camera), a review device (iPad), and the ability to send some of the pics off or make some colour corrections before doing so (again, the iPad is excellent for this).
Again you are looking at this from one perspective assuming your specific use case.
Alternatively, an iMac for your home, and a EyeFi card for the camera would be a better combination than your current setup also. If you have any "computing" needs in the field, an iPhone or again a cheap iPad would serve you better.
As much as I love my iPad I simply can't agree with you here. IPad isn't the solution for this issue.