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HankR
09-10-2007, 13:13
Hi all,
After reading all the info here about the M8, I finally took the plunge and bought one. No complaints; I love the camera. I have been using both a 75 lux and a 35 asp lux(not yet coded). I am about to buy a new computer monitor and wonder whether anyone has any suggestions. I will probably use LightRoom and the new PhotoShop. Thanks

Pherdinand
09-10-2007, 13:16
buy the apple 24# one if you can afford it :)

There are some Eizo ones that are famous about being the only ones that can show the entire adobeRGB colour space. They must be really good, but $$$$.
Be sure to get a monitor calibration device e.g. spyder if you are serious about this.

P3tr
09-10-2007, 13:19
One word, four letters. EIZO

zeitz
09-10-2007, 15:56
If you want a monitor of similar reputation to Leica, there is only one to be had - EIZO. But don't expect to get it cheap.

ywenz
09-10-2007, 16:25
If color accuracy is what you're after, the brand of monitor has much less to do with that regard than using a good hardware monitor calibration kit on whatever monitor you buy.

My advice: Get a monitor in the size that you want. I recommend the Dell 24" LCD.. and then get a hardware monitor calibration kit. You should be good to go. No need for no EIZO or anything like that... Even if you do buy an EIZO or a monitor touted for its "accuracy", you'd still need a hardware calibration kit.

Keep in mind that all this color accuracy talk is only important when you wish to print your images and absolutely want WYSIWYG on your display. If you mainly display your work on the web, then any decent monitor is fine.

Kim Coxon
09-10-2007, 16:25
The upper range of the Neovo monitors are very good if you are looking at less $$$$$$ than the EIZO.

Kim

jaapv
09-10-2007, 16:46
Hi Kim! First post I've seen of you for some time! Happy to see you around!

nikola
09-11-2007, 01:48
Yeah but color fidelity and dynamic range of Eizos is just unbeatable (calibrated or not). Few days ago my friend bought one... older discontinued model, last one in shop, for half price...

nksyoon
09-11-2007, 04:44
I have a Dell 2407 and find it too contrasty and over-sharpened compared to prints. You will find your prints lacking contrast and sharpness. And that's adjusted with a Colorvision Spyder Express.

HankR
09-11-2007, 11:42
Thanks for all the info. I guess it's now time to go shopping.
HankR

Bébèrt
09-11-2007, 12:14
If you want a calibrated monitor I would go for this kind:
http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?pid=10798

calibration of a "normal" monitor is always a personal interpretation so you never get
the true colors.

eon
09-11-2007, 12:46
The best monitors are EIZO and NEC.
Save money by buying the better of their standard series instead of the photo editing specials.
A calibrator is nessesary. Eye One Display is the best choise.
As for Apple monitors they are cheap and good, but cannot be calibrated.

/Erik

Pherdinand
09-11-2007, 12:49
Erik - what do you mean they cannot be calibrated???
[i am typing this on my calibrated macbook, used a spyder, and since than, black and white is black and white not blueish white and colors look good)

rogue_designer
09-11-2007, 12:54
The best monitors are EIZO and NEC.
Save money by buying the better of their standard series instead of the photo editing specials.
A calibrator is nessesary. Eye One Display is the best choise.
As for Apple monitors they are cheap and good, but cannot be calibrated.

/Erik

Agreed - except for the fact that the Apple monitors can in fact be calibrated. I use the Spyder2Pro on mine here at the office.

But if I had my drothers, I'd be using the big Eizo.

ywenz
09-11-2007, 15:43
The best monitors are EIZO and NEC.
Save money by buying the better of their standard series instead of the photo editing specials.
A calibrator is nessesary. Eye One Display is the best choise.
As for Apple monitors they are cheap and good, but cannot be calibrated.

/Erik

Erik: wrong, the cinema displays can be calibrated via software.

Grober
09-12-2007, 09:38
The ViewSonic 18 inch I bought six years ago for my dedicated Photoshop computer has always been solid. I would buy this brand again. I have no idea about the current market though...

-g

Simon Larbalestier
09-12-2007, 10:03
Erik - what do you mean they cannot be calibrated???
[i am typing this on my calibrated macbook, used a spyder, and since than, black and white is black and white not blueish white and colors look good)

my G4 15" Powerbook and 23" Cinema Display are both calibrated using the Spyder 2 software. Both look very different to the uncalibrated versions of the screens.

garethc
09-12-2007, 16:05
buy the apple 24# one if you can afford it :)

NO...Buy a Dell. They have the same workings inside (both are made by LG) but the Dell has more inputs, height adjustment, can tilt on all axis and has more controls. Oh, and its much cheaper too!

eon
09-13-2007, 11:30
Apple monitors can't be hardware calibrated as EIZO and NEC. This means changing the function of the monitor.

However you can always make a software profile for it. This lets the computer compensate for the faults in the monitor.

You use a calibrator for both actions.

It is better to adjust the monitor to be correct than to compensate for the faults.

/Erik

etrigan63
09-16-2007, 00:11
I use a Pantone Huey Pro for calibrating my Dell 30" monitor and it is sweet! Automatically compensates for changing lighting conditions and works with Mac or PC. I got mine at the Apple Store and use it on my Vista x64 workstation. Will keep the monitor and calibrator when I get my 8-core Mac Pro later this year.

StuartR
09-16-2007, 06:36
I bought a Eizo CG 210 just as they changed to the new model, so I was able to save a good deal. You might still be able to find some of them 210s and they are nearly as good as the 211's. I switched to Eizo after the cinema displays I used broke several times. I was fed up. The difference between the Eizo and the Apple is not subtle. I thought it would be, but it is not. It is just much, much better. The illumination is much more even, the color fidelity is superb, the gamut is much larger, the monitor appears visually sharper, calibration tools work better because it is hardware integrated, there are more inputs on the monitor, it comes with screen shades to keep stray light off it, it rotates 90 degrees on the fly to be used in portrait mode, and last but not least, it has a 5 year warranty compared to Apple's 1 year.
It really is a class of its own.

colyn
09-16-2007, 06:56
As for Apple monitors they are cheap and good, but cannot be calibrated.

/Erik

Since when??

I had no problems calibrating my Apple with the spyder..

You also have several built-in variations to choose from that can be tweaked..

mn4367
09-16-2007, 15:08
I work with Lightroom and the Apple 23". It is calibrated with the Spyder. Some days ago I had an R-D1 shot printed at 60x40cm on an Epson 9800 Printer. The result was pretty much what I expected.