These are "DG" lenses designed for full frame. The 18-35 is a "DC" lens designed for APS-C.
One thing that people don't always consider is the resale value of hardware once you're done with it. Apple hardware is often more expensive up front, but I've found that the "total cost of ownership" is often less with a Mac, since you can still get good resale value 24mnths later. I always try and sell my Macbooks before they are 3 yrs old and within the Applecare period. This will definitely depend on your local market, but here in New Zealand the resale value for second hand Macbooks is very good.
That being said - get the tool that is best for your workflow. I was very disappointed not to see a Macbook with 32Gb RAM. But for me, my laptop tends to be for personal use and only occasional post/editing work. At work and home I use much more powerful Dell Workstations. I prefer OSX to windows. But do what gets the job done efficiently.
Yes - but not if you have upgraded to Yosemite.
Which is just great when Apple have declared they will not be patching a big security vulnerability in Mavericks or earlier versions of OSX.
I think the message of the commercial is get drunk after a failed proposal. She might let you down, but tequila won't. I think it's fun and works well.
The hobbit is less than a 100,000 words. LOTR is almost half a million.
The biggest mistake they made was turning it into 3 films and I doubt very much that decision had much to do with Peter Jackson.
So far I've only watched all 3 movies in High Frame Rate 3D. I'll be curious to watch at 24FPS 2D and see if they improve at all. The only 2 films I've really enjoyed in 3D were Avatar and Gravity. I usually just find it a distraction. I think I'd rather watch the 3 hour edit someone mentioned though.
I wish they would enable HDMI input on the iPad. It would be much more useful than using an app like this and latency problems should be removed.
It could also make a great field monitor. Not for critical use, but for times that you don't want to carry your atomos, or small HD with you but you do have your iPad in your bag anyway.