I need to buy some sort of tablet. Im either getting a Wacom Intuos3 A5 or a Cintiq. Mind-blowing difference I know, but how much does it really matter (except I don't feel too comfortable spending that sum on a Cintiq)?
From reviews and posts throughout the net, I've read that people have pros and cons for either the regular tablet or the screen tablet. Some say the tablet is best because your hand doesn't stand in the way of drawing, which can be painful sometimes; others say a Cintiq does indeed accelerates production somewhat. But is it worth the cost? Other say they're disappointed with regular tablets because they don't like having to look to the screen while the hand is in another place drawing, in this case, in the tablet.
Im not new to tablets though. I've used them when I was doing an internship on non linear video editing on Avid systems and we used dual screens and A4 wide tablets. It was a fun experience working with it, and really helpful. They told me it was weird to work with a tablet at first, but I'd get used to it. After a couple of days, I was handling it pretty well. I didn't drew anything with it though.
I never worked with a Cintiq though, and Im not sure its worth its high cost, although it does look appealing and it'll probably save me some time, but then again, Im not going to be a full time illustrator, but I will want to have that kind of occupation listed on my designer's capable list of services I can do, if you know what I mean. Maybe if I just buy a regular tablet now I'll regret it not buying a Cintiq and buy it anyway a couple years down the road, thus wasting a couple of hundred euros I could use on the Cintiq right now... if I could afford it.