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Old 10-04-2015, 09:06 PM   #21
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I used Aperture for years...until Apple kinda stopped doing a lot with it, switched to Lightroom, which I love, but now to get updates I have to do the subscription thing. Now I'm looking at Award Winning Photography Software and Plug-ins - ON1, Inc.
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Old 10-04-2015, 09:07 PM   #22
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I know next to nothing about photography. I like the IPhone for taking pics but have always planned whenever I move into the wonderful world of retirement to buy a "real" camera.

I think getting a decent camera would do way better close-ups and and have the ability to put on a cool lens that I see other people using than the pictures I'm getting on the iPhone. Of course I'm not technical so want to be careful about buying too much of a camera for my limited abilities. I think a decent point and shoot would be about my speed. Won't a good point and shoot camera do way better than an iPhone ?

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Old 10-04-2015, 09:07 PM   #23
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A lot of people take up photography seriously when they retire. As a retired professional photographer, I gave it up.

Those are the people I see out on hiking trails with about 100lbs of camera gear along. A good friend bought at least $1000 worth of new DSLR gear and I've yet to see one decent photograph.
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Old 10-04-2015, 09:10 PM   #24
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Those are the people I see out on hiking trails with about 100lbs of camera gear along. A good friend bought at least $1000 worth of new DSLR gear and I've yet to see one decent photograph.
That could be me if I'm not careful
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A good friend bought at least $1000 worth of new DSLR gear and I've yet to see one decent photograph.
He didn't spend enough, obviously.
When I was working, I had one lens that cost $12,000.
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Old 10-04-2015, 09:11 PM   #26
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I know next to nothing about photography. I like the IPhone for taking pics but have always planned whenever I move into the wonderful world of retirement to buy a "real" camera.

I think getting a decent camera would do way better close-ups and and have the ability to put on a cool lens that I see other people using than the pictures I'm getting on the iPhone. Of course I'm not technical so want to be careful about buying too much of a camera for my limited abilities. I think a decent point and shoot would be about my speed. Won't a good point and shoot camera do way better than an iPhone ?

Larry

Larry I really recommend checking out http://www.kenrockwell.com before you start buying anything. He is a pro photog with a lot of very down to earth advice
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Old 10-04-2015, 09:15 PM   #27
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Seems like an inverter is more versatile than an application specific power cord.

Mac junkie here too, but defected to a Samsung Galaxy S5 phone about a year ago. Actually like Android, who would of thunk it. Finally a phone I can read without my glasses. User changeable battery, and a 32 gb micro SD card slot. Water resistant.

Still using Mac computers though.
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Old 10-04-2015, 09:22 PM   #28
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To me the problem with using inverters for charging devices is the inefficiencies. You start with 12v DC convert it to 120v AC then plug in the charger which converts it back DC to charge the device. Each of those steps are relatively inefficient. But you are right it can be simpler
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Old 10-04-2015, 10:26 PM   #29
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Hi,

Anyone use a 12V adapter for a MacBook Pro? If so, any suggestions for where to find.
We have a 4 month trip coming up in early 2016 and will be taking our MacBook Pro along for the ride. And like others have suggested, will be buying the best one we can find on Amazon. With our fingers crossed of course...

Other suggestions about using an inverter don't appeal to me for a couple of reasons. Most of the inexpensive, low wattage inverters provide a modified square wave which is loaded with harmonics (unwanted frequencies above 60 Hz). That's OK for some devices but not for my prize (read $$$) electronics. ( I was very happy with a cheap 400 watt inverter to power my electric blanket from a battery, back in the boating days.) I do own a nice true sine wave inverter but this is too much hassle for a simple charge, plus unnecessary conversion loss of precious solar/battery power going from 12 vdc to 120 vac to 18 vdc. And don't get me started on ground loops...!

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Brian, I have a PC-lovin' friend who's always giving me a hard time about Apple. I've had good experiences and bad (less) experiences with their products. But that darn Apple logo is just so handsome. Kidding, of course, but I'm just so comfortable with their computers and iphones, it's hard to switch. And have had excellent experiences with my Apple Store visits (no charge for tech support) so I'm stayin' loyal.

And I hear ya about the adapter possibly coming from the same factory as Apple's. (Though according to the guy last night at the Apple Store, Apple doesn't make any adapters.)
Apple here too . Get grief from the kids and brother . But nothing but Apple and love their support too . Pat
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