Consult with Lloyd on your computer or photographic purchase, backup strategy, archival and storage strategy, etc.
A big thank-you to B&H Photo for sending the $7999 Apple Mac Studio M1 Ultra 20-core CPU / 64-core GPU/ 128GB / 8TB SSD for review. This is exactly the configuration I would buy excepting a preference for a 4TB SSD (only to keep the cost down).
See the test notes for details on hardware configuration and software versions.
Camera RAW file conversion is an area where the Mac Studio M1 Ultra shines, beating out all other Macs, chewing through monster 150-megapixel PhaseOne IQ4 150 raw files in about 8/10 second each. Handily beating-out the 28-core 2019 Mac Pro, which takes 40% longer!