Interview with photographer Lucas Gilman, one of the only pros already using Apple’s next-gen Mac Pro

9to5 Mac by Jordan Kahn

During Apple’s next-generation Mac Pro portion of its iPad event earlier today, the company took some time to present first impressions from a few professionals that have been using the machine. While the public won’t officially get its hands on the new Mac Pro until December, Apple noted that three professionals had been testing the new Mac Pro. One of those pros was award-winning extreme sports photographer Lucas Gilman pictured above next to his Mac Pro setup with a 4K Sharp display. We thought it would be interesting to have a chat with one of the only people in the world currently using the new Mac Pro, so we’ve reached out to Gilman to get his first impressions and learn more about his experience with Apple’s completely redesigned professional Mac line.

Head below for the full interview.

Hi Mr. Gilman. Thanks for taking time to answer a few questions.

Q: Can you talk a little about how you’ve been using the new Mac Pro and your first impressions? How has your hardware setup/workflow changed due to the performance of the new machine?

A: I was really surprised at how small the form factor was and I really liked the solid feel and finish of the unit.

I used Mac Pro and Aperture primarily to import and process Nikon D800 Files which are about 75+ megabytes each and are 230+ megabytes once exported as 16 bit TIFFS. I download images in the field to the G-TECH G-Dock and EV drives. The Mac Pro I was using had a one Terabyte SSD so I relied on external G-TECH Thunderbolt drives to store the images in the studio. I use two G-TECH G-SPEED Q’s with USB 3. One to store my raw archive and one to store finished TIFF files. My working driving is a G-drive Pro with Thunderbolt, which I like because I’m getting speeds of around 480 megabytes/second which is great for the stills and video I shoot. read more...

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