Moved: photographer/writer -- what to do?

in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
I call on the collective greatness of AI :eek:

I am a fiction writer and amateur photographer trying to zero in on the best Apple system for my needs. As for writing, I would like to have portability and light weight. As for photography, I would like the ability to edit and print hi-res photos (up to 13x19 size), and perhaps create dvd slideshows of my work.

I have about $3,000 to spend (perhaps a little more if ABSOLUTELY necessary).

On the one hand, I'm thinking "Powerbook, baby!" because of the speed and portability, but then I wonder if I will feel that secure lugging such an expensive computer around town, and whether I can use it as my only system (I've always had a desktop). Also, it wouldn't come with a Superdrive.

That leads me to a combination iMac, ibook, where I can have portability but still have a desktop. The obvious problem here-- neither computer is really that powerful or expandable. I'm not sure how big a problem that would be. In the back of my mind, I'm thinking g5 in a year, so I don't know if I should buy two computers now-- I could stagger the purchases and get an ibook now, then wait for the g5, but I'm a little concerned with editing hi res photos on a little g3 ibook (I wouldn't want the larger sceen ibook because I like the portability of the small screen).

I suppose the third choice could be tower g4 and ibook, but the same issues arise.

ANY SUGGESTIONS? <img src="graemlins/surprised.gif" border="0" alt="[Surprised]" />

[ 07-29-2002: Message edited by: Jamie ]</p>


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