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. That was the case before Retina and before SSDs also. A laptop is a horrible choice for keeping all your photos safe. 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.
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. 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.
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). 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 would like to agree fully with you I only do so partially. You start by the assumption that my pictures are taken only "locally".
- I am an architect, and I use one machine (namely MBP 17") for both personal and professional purposes.
- I have a 27" CinemaDisplay at the office for ArchiCAD works
- I use the same machine also personally, privately.
I have a Time Machine Backup at the office AND an Aperture Vault at home (1.5 TB). But I don't have to hook neither up to get work done. Of course when in the office, the Time Machine is hooked up constantly. But at home I update my vault only once a week and, if I travel (where I take most of my pictures) only when I come back...
Besides the "Aperture Vault", and considering my current library consists of some 56k RAW pictures, I use an external HDD to have referenced copies of the older files (in Aperture). Said drive is cloned (because Aperture doesn't store referenced files in the vault).
In order to "free up" space because I own also a farily big amount of music and movies, I "recycled" and old MacMini from the office as iTunes machine at home, with one 1.5 TB and one legacy 750GB HDD (FireWire one, ah, good old days).
I have an iPad, but it only serves as "consumption machine" because, as much as I like it, there's no way you can use it for photo retouch on a main library.
Having everything on the internet, for pictures, is not possible, as Photostream is a poor excuse of a service (in this regard at least).
All in all, my situation, although "nice" in the specifics, is fairly common amongst "pro" users. And, as far as I am concerned, and that's why I allow myself to critic the choice of SSD only (and also why I bought the highest 17" resolution matte display and waited to see what "antiglare" looks like before becoming convinced it is OK) is in contrast with the "pro" label of said machines.
The MacBook Pro, without being nostalgic, has to be a Pro machine. A nice machine by definition. The latest Haswell CPU and GPU coupled with a ultrafast but small SSD ain't gonna cut it. Storage space need is the main driver for this whole Could frenzy, and for 90% of uses it's far more than OK. But "pro" is "pro". It's a nice, by definition.
I belong to that nice, out of a choice and fortunately because I can afford it (photography is a hobby, not my source of income). But many professionals agree with me, storage "on site" is still the way to go for a professional.
And I hope Apple releases the MacPro even though we don't need them anymore in architecture after 2004 (iMac Core2Duo with some guts).
It's about estabilishing clear boundaries and setting the course.
If I want to enjoy the pictures, I have an HDTV with my AppleTV (2nd gen) attached to it. I am talking about editing, manipulating the pictures. As in most cases, mine as well, the enjoyment is not in staring at them but in shooting them, edit them (soft, not "instagram like") and ultimately view them.
BTW, some ArchiCAD projects (with the libraries) tend to be quite resource hungry, and if i travel i cherish a lighter machine such as the 15" RMBP (which we have in the office).
Storage and strategy of SSD only kept prices way too high, kept potential customers away and slowed down the trimming of legacy features. That, in my opinion, was a strategical error on Apple's part. And I say this as a big fan of theirs!!!