Best Ipad for Professioanal Photographer??

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  1. TaoFang

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    Hi folks..

    Need a little advice here. I am a professional photographer and am about to get my first Ipad. I need something that has a very decent battery life, a superb display, sim capability of course. I also have a massive pdf collection and photography portfolio that I'd like to be able to display to clients and basically using it to manage my business while on the go. I also am involved in music production with Logic Pro so compatibility across that board will also be required. I currently own a MacBook Pro and soon a high end Imac so would need all items to integrate seamlessly.

    What do you folks recommend would be the best choice of Ipad for someone like me?

    Thank you..
     
  2. jwt873

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    If you need a superb display, then the iPad Air is definitely what you need. There isn't a tablet on the market today that can touch it.

    I'm a serious hobby photographer with a higher end DSLR and an assortment of quality lenses. My photos actually look better on my iPad than they do on my monitor. The high pixel density of the Air's Retina Display (2048 X 1536) renders very sharp images on the screen.

    As far as battery life.. You should get around 8 hours. For me, one charge will last the day. Plus.. It appears that you'll need to store a lot of content, so you might want to go for one of the larger capacity units. (64+ Gig).
     
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    Hello - agree completely w/ the previous suggestion, i.e. Retina display w/ large storage capacity - battery life is a given; however, my concern is the bolded statement above, i.e. OS X and iOS are not the same operating systems, so do not expect all of the programs that you use and love on the standard Mac computers to function similarly on the iPad - if the apps have the same name, their iOS equivalents will not have the complexity and features of the OS X programs - so you might want to tell us which photo software you use and prefer currently?

    Also, putting and organizing images on an iPad can be a frustrating challenge - the 'native' photo app is limited (might be improved in the about to be released new iOS?) - now there are plenty of other apps for the iPad to do photo manipulation and organization, but again let us know your needs first or you may end up being disappointed w/ the iOS device? Finally, there are plenty of threads/posts on this topic (some w/ my name attached) if you care to try some searching - good luck! Dave :)
     
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    Hold in mind that there will 'probably' be new iPad models announce sometime in October. If you are not in a hurry you might want to wait until then. Even if you decide to go with one of the current iPad models, there should be some modest discounts.

    In addition to what the other's have suggested, I recommend a wi-fi + cellular model. The GPS and mobile data will come in handy for mapping and location notes; as well as some photography tools, like LightTrac, that can help plan shoots.
     
  5. TaoFang

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    Thank you all for the really helpful tips and suggestions. I do all my editing on my Macbook Pro using Lightroom and Photoshop. I don't need to do any serious editing on the Ipad, i just need to load edited jpg albums onto it for displaying nicely to clients.
     
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    Then pretty much any iPad Air model will do what you want. I recommend the Air, because it has the best display, both size and color accuracy, of any current iPad.

    I still think you should get at least a 32 GB model and serioulsy consider getting the 64 GB wi-fi + cellular model. No matter what you plan to use the iPad for, you're going to find more things you 'want' to use it for, and you are going to want to use it for those things whether you have a handy wi-fi network close by or not.
     
  7. TaoFang

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    I suspect you maybe right about that Twerppoet. I'm also an IT specialist, network engineer and serious software and application addict! 64 gig sounds about right.
     

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