Strictly by chance. While visiting a National park in Thailand I saw some guys and gals photographing birds. So, I thought I might give it a go. Little did I know it would be such a great hobby. And, consume so much of my time.
After 4 years my old Dell laptop got to where it was so slow processing my photos it was agonizing. The screen was a cheap TN panel. After some research I could not find a good PC with an IPS screen that I thought would work for me. I was getting really frustrated.
A fellow I know in Thailand recommended a Mac. Frankly I have never used an apple product and was very reluctant to try one. After about 3 months I bought a 13" macbook pro from Apple Thailand. Just a great fast machine that fit all of my needs. Unfortunately the macbook pro Haswell 13" and 15" have a defective intel wifi chip. Or at least I have not found a fix for it. An extremely poor design flaw that Apple knows about but will not fix.
Other than the wifi issue I really liked the machine. I ended up returning it for a refund.
In the meantime I bought a new Pentax K-3. With the larger file sizes I was in a panic for a computer that I thought would last me 5 years, as a travel laptop. With a lot of soul searching and knowing of the problem with the wifi on the macbook pro. I decided to buy the 15" and live with the problem. The fix for me is buying an external wifi adaptor. I know it is a poor fix, but the advantages of the 15" macbook pro over the competition is pretty substantial for a traveling photographer.
Quite frankly after getting the basics out of the way. I could not imagine a better machine for processing photos and video's. It does everything I ask of it and with minimum effort. Not sure how it is going to hold up? But, as of now it is a breath of fresh air for me. Very fast processing, along with an operating system that works, and is easy to get used to. Really ashamed about the wifi issue.
Mine is a macbook pro 15, 16gb ram, 2.3 i7, 512gb hard drive. I highly recommend it as a photo processing computer. A number of things I have noticed over a cheap laptop is screen, consistent colors and viewing angles and speed. Making a very good and fast processing machine for photos and videos. I'm seeing it in my photos on my flickr site especially. Much more accurate colors.
I am not really a reviewer! I tend to research things to death before buying. And nit pic it to death. Wildlife photography is fairly demanding, as far as equipment is concerned. Anyone doing this kind of photography knows the pro's and con's of the hobby.
To make a long story short. If you already have a mac for processing. I do not recommend buying a new one. Until they fix the wifi issues.
If in a bind like I was? Then I highly recommend it. As long as you know about the flaws you will have to live with.. Wifi....
Cheers and good birding, Gary