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Need great Photo editing monitor
« on: October 24, 2012, 07:53:22 AM »
I am looking to buy a great photo editing monitor for still pictures, I dont know much in this area and could really use some input on what other people are using and like. I have an ati firepro v4800 graphics card and want a monitor that supports 1.07 billion colors.
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« on: October 24, 2012, 07:53:22 AM »

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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2012, 08:22:16 AM »
Its pretty easy to find, here is a pop photography article I found from 2008 just a few moments ago... monitors havn't changed much since thing so this may give you a good starting point or you can find something on the used market... took 30 seconds to find this did I mention?

http://www.popphoto.com/gear/2008/12/which-monitor-should-i-buy
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2012, 09:00:01 AM »
That's the SpectraVision edition, which costs $400 or so more than the non-SpectraVision edition.

It appears that the sole difference is the calibration device.  Is there any reason that a Spyder4 calibration device wouldn't work on this monitor?

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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2012, 09:25:55 AM »
Not sure, but I think it's because the SpectraVision allows for hardware calibration, and the included software is designed for their own calibration tool (eye one). Problem with the Eye One Display 2, is that they have a tendency to die rather quickly. I had two in 5 years, both had the same calibration issue after 2.5 years, and I am not the only one who had the problem.

Since then I switched to a DTP94 calibration device.

Anyway you cannot go wrong with NEC, but I could recommend Eizo and Quato as well

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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2012, 09:44:45 AM »
I picked one of these up a few weeks ago.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/816468-REG/Eizo_CG275W_BK_ColorEdge_CG275W_27_Widescreen.html

Self calibrating, hardware LUT, IPS. It's so nice knowing what white truly is and being able to actually see when highlights are blown out and what black looks like. You can't go wrong with this monitor.

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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2012, 09:47:54 AM »
At $2,700, one would hope!

I've been eyeing the NEC monitor for myself.  It's currently $955 (without SpectraVision) at B&H.  Maybe on Black Friday it will be less expensive.

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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2012, 09:57:56 AM »
get a crt if your that serious about it!

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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2012, 10:00:15 AM »
At $2,700, one would hope!

OP didn't mention budget, only requests for great monitor suggestion.

The monitor IS expensive, but consider:

Photographers spend:

1DX body - $6800
24-70 II - $2400
70-200 II IS - $2400
24mm II - $1800
35mm - $1500
50mm - $1600
85mm - $2000

Filters, accessories etc, you get the point..

In the grand scheme of things, $2700 does not seem like a whole lot when you consider how much time you can spend in post production grading your photos. Knowing what you are seeing in front of you is accurate is as important to me as knowing I have the best possible lens attached to the front of my camera.

Eizo also makes some great monitors in the Flexscan series if you're looking to save some coin.


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« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2012, 10:36:41 AM »
+1 on Eizo... I would go any less than that. Makes no sense what so ever spending lots of money on gear, if you can't see what the heck you are doing afterwards.

The Color Edge line is awesome and definitely worth the money!

Consider also the amount of burn hours you get from a monitor.

Buying a cheap one means it will probably become unstable and uneven after a year or so.
An Eizo will stay useable for several years.
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« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2012, 11:28:33 AM »
If you're looking for an affordable IPS display that's reasonably large with decent resolution, check this one out:

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&sku=320-2676

You can frequently find it under $300.  I've had it for about six months now and love it.  Would I rather have a $3000 monitor?  Sure... but photography is expensive enough.  So a $300 IPS display works great for me!  :-)
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« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2012, 11:59:48 AM »
I got the Dell U2711, and it is wonderful!!

They have a good price here:

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-U2711-27-inch-Widescreen/dp/B0039648BO

IPS screen, tuned and configured from the factory...same screen (just non-glossy) as the one used by Apple's 27" screen.

The only trouble I have with it...with the current mac book pro I have, late 2011 15"...you can't hook two of these monitors to it...I'd have to go with the native apple thunderbolt to do that.

I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

But it is beautiful...and if using with a mac...get the thunderbolt to display port adapter, you need displayport to really get the full resolution of this thing (2560 x 1440).

Great for still editing and video.

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« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2012, 12:17:22 PM »
I picked up the Dell Ultrasharp U3011, it's a 30" monitor with a res of 2560x1600.  Check out the specs on Dell's site.
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Re: Need great Photo editing monitor
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2012, 12:30:36 PM »
I picked up the Dell Ultrasharp U3011, it's a 30" monitor with a res of 2560x1600.  Check out the specs on Dell's site.

+1 for the Dell Ultrasharps!

They are IPS panels at fair prices.  I use the U2410 and couldn't be more happy.  Print colors are a perfect match.

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« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2012, 01:11:23 PM »
I picked up the Dell Ultrasharp U3011, it's a 30" monitor with a res of 2560x1600.  Check out the specs on Dell's site.

+1 for the Dell Ultrasharps!

They are IPS panels at fair prices.  I use the U2410 and couldn't be more happy.  Print colors are a perfect match.

Yep, they were rated I think #1 last year.  At first I was wanting to get the 27", but I lucked out because when I was looking online there was a one day sale where the 30" was the same price as the 27".  Done deal.
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« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2012, 01:11:23 PM »