I had a little internal debate with myself before going to Pittsburgh. The plus side to digital is that you get the instant gratification. The downside is that you need a supporting cast for it to be fully useful: chargers, laptop, USB reader or cords.
If you have only one lens, you always have the correct one on. If you have more than one, you usually have the wrong one on.
Carry-ons and Consolidation
As the airlines changed the game the last time fuel prices shot way up and have never relented, we have to pay $25 for the first checked bag, $35 for the second. Many passengers, such as myself, have elected to travel with carry-ons only, if possible to avoid the charges, so we have to make choices of what to take. In the end, so many people take two carry-ons that the overheads fill and the bags have to be checked anyway, but at least they don’t charge you at the gate.
So, the debate was whether to take my laptop or my iPad. I knew that if I took the iPad, it would only be useful for surfing and listening to music, etc. If I took the laptop, I could use Lightroom, make blog posts, and do all of the other things. The disadvantage is that the laptop is one more bag and I’d have to either check the luggage, incurring a $25 fee, or somehow consolidate into two bags. As the airlines only allow you to carry on one piece of luggage and one personal item, such as a laptop, purse, or whatever. I would have one camera bag, a laptop bag, and roller bag, making 3. Sure, I could get bag that carries the laptop as well as the cameras, which I may do, but these are usually designed to carry an SLR, a few lenses, and the laptop, making the backpack rather large and expensive.
There is not really a good way, that I have found, to do useful things on the iPad, save for sending/receiving e-mails and browsing. Of course, this was what it was meant to do, I suppose.
Perhaps I’m trying to misuse the tool.
Overall, I’m finding that the iPad is a cool piece of technology, but that as a substitute for a laptop, it falls far short. If there were a way to get my photos to the iPad, manipulate them, then upload them to the blog, I would be quite enamored with the device. Quite. I guess that what I am really thinking about is the MacBook Air, which does all of the things that I want, but is only slightly larger than an iPad. Sometimes I think that I should get rid of the MacBook Pro and the iPad and get a MacBook Air, but then again, I’m not traveling all that much.
Looking forward …
In thinking about my upcoming trips, I plan to take two cameras, M6 and M9. Yep. One film. One digital. Two lenses, one for each, a laptop, and the ‘supporting cast’ mentioned above. From what I understand, Chinese airlines only allow one carry-on. Period. Not one carry-on and a personal item. Just one!
Well, having options isn’t so easy. Way back when, I would have just taken the camera, some film, and just dealt with it when I returned. I guess if you have more than one computer, you always have the wrong one with you. Ahhhhhh. Choices. Perhaps I will see the Pro and the iPad and get an Air. Perhaps. Even the Air has its own Achilles Heel. Flash drive space, but if I am good about moving things off to external storage, it could work.