Mon 19-Nov-12 12:29 AM | edited Mon 19-Nov-12 12:31 AM by avisys
I'm a little concerned that some posts here may turn some folks off from upgrading to a D800 if they don't have a huge computer.
32GB is NOT a requirement to process D800 files, even panos and stacked focus jobs.
And, personally, I'd add 16GB to that statement.
8GB in a 64 bit machine is a good idea.
But a reasonably new 32 bit computer with 4GB will work fine for all but the most extreme cases.
The difference may be whether or not you want to have to take an additional breath while waiting for a complex function to finish in Photoshop CS6. If your time is that important, say doing hundreds of images from a wedding, or PS6 files with dozens of layers, then the big machine is de rigueur. Otherwise, the fine art photographer, or sports photographer, or family photographer will do just fine with a lesser machine.
Load time from a card is a totally different issue -- if that's killing you, see if you can add USB3 and get a USB3 card reader.
Let's not scare people off with talk of 32GB and 16GB when it may not be at all necessary.