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  1. #1
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    Post processing tablet?

    Ok I've been using lightroom and CS3 for a while now and i want a tablet for it.
    Wacom is who I'm going to go with but I'm stuck between two models.

    The bamboo medium
    or the intuos3 4x6

    the bamboo is bigger but I know the intuos3 is a MUCH better product (same price though)

    In the future the tablet will also be used for autocad and solidworks.
    What do you guys recomend?
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  2. #2
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    I have been thinking about a tablet myself for a while. I honestly couldn't offer any advice but I would love to hear what you finally go with and how it works out. Good luck.
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  3. #3
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    I've got an Intuos at work and love it. I'm interested in the Bamboo for home. I doubt the Intuos is "MUCH" better. It's a couple of years old now and the Bamboo is just out (and got a good review in Macworld.) For the same size, the Bamboo is a lot cheaper.

    I'd love to hear some real-world reports on the Bamboo (or find someplace to try it out.)
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  4. #4
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    I have an Intuos 3 and love it. If business is good through the rest of the year, I plan on getting a Wacom CintiQ. It's the kind of tool I've wanted and needed all along and now it's available and affordable.

    Some of the differences between the Bamboo and the Intuos are significant (at least to me).

    Levels of sensitivity
    Bamboo: 512
    Intuos: 1024

    Lines of resolution per inch
    Bamboo: 2540
    Intuos: 5080

    Plus, you can not use alternate pens (like the terrific airbrush pen) with the Bamboo. And the Intuos driver lets you have application specific settings...invaluable for improving workflow. You cannot do that with the Bamboo.

    Just go in with your eyes open and your needs in mind.
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  5. #5
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    The Intuos supports pen tilt and I do not believe the Bamboo does. I have an older pre-Intuos 6x8 as well as an Intuos2 4x5. I think that for general use and photo retouching the Bamboo will be just fine. If you are doing 100% original art on the tablet, then go for the Intuos. I have not used a tablet in AutoCAD, but my experience in Visio is that it is not always as big a gain as in other graphic apps.

    I find the smaller tablet to be a better mouse replacement as I can cover the entire surface with minimal wrist movement. For better drawing and smoother curves the larger tablet wins.

  6. #6
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    well I don't need to draw. And i'm use to super high DPI mice so I think I will just get the intuos

    Thanks guys. I'll post my impressions net week when i get it
    Nikon D40 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 & 50mm f1.8d
    Pentax Super Program /w f4 35-70mm
    nikormat /w 50mm f2
    Wacom Intuos 4x6
    Nikon SB-28dx, Promaster 5200
    Check out some of my stuff at flickr

  7. #7
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    Just got it today!

    I'm not completly use to it yet but after 4 hours of messing around it as an incredible device! Well worth the money!
    Nikon D40 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 & 50mm f1.8d
    Pentax Super Program /w f4 35-70mm
    nikormat /w 50mm f2
    Wacom Intuos 4x6
    Nikon SB-28dx, Promaster 5200
    Check out some of my stuff at flickr

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