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Re: New monitor
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2012, 12:57:25 PM »
I just want to add Apple 27" 2560x1440 cinema LED display to the mix. It's pricey, but it's worth every penny. As far as I'm concerned there's no other monitor I'd rather have (and I'm not a Mac guy) I actually have it hooked up to a PC (no problems there) since I run all my stuff (LR, CS5 etc) on Windows 7. I thought the glossy screen would bother me, but I now understand why it's necessary. It's the equivalent of removing the AA filter from your camera sensor :-) I think all Dell alternatives have the regular non-glossy coating which blurs the picture slightly.

Oh and by the way - once you go 2560x1440 you dont go back to 1080p

I have to agree with you on that one, the Apple monitors are gorgeous.  Just take a look at the new iPad's screen.
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Re: New monitor
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Re: New monitor
« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2012, 01:01:25 PM »
I have the Asus pa246q.  It's a pretty good monitor and a little cheaper than the dell. 98% adobe rgb coverage. Comes factory calibrated, although not to prefessional standards, but it's not too bad out of the box.  Keep in mind that if you want to do 30 bit color you need a video card capable of 30 bit color and generally only workstation cards support it.  Workstation cards generally suck for gaming. I don't know why AMD and NVidea are stingy and don't enable it on their consumer cards. I wish I had known before i bought a 30 bit color monitor. If i had I would have bought a lesser monitor.  If your color needs aren't super critical, I would buy a standard color gamut monitor with an IPS panel.  That should still be capable of pretty accurate color, and you could spend the extra money on color calibration, and you wouldn't need to buy additional specialized hardware. 

When it comes to wide gamut and color calibration from monitor to printer, things can get very complicated and expensive very fast.
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Re: New monitor
« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2012, 01:19:51 PM »
Like many of the others I use a Dell U2410. It's a great IPS display. My second monitor is not a good one for photography (color reproduction is bad), it's a Westinghouse 24" (about 5 years old). I run both at 1920x1200p.
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Re: New monitor
« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2012, 01:24:10 PM »
+1 for calibration tools. I use a Pantone Huey Pro for my dual monitor setup which consists of my Lenovo T400 laptop and the Dell 2312HM, both at work and home. Even calibrated the laptop screen is very muddy, therefore I don't try to do any WB corrections on it, just cropping and spot removal. The Dell's once calibrated are very nice.

Careful, some calibration systems require the 'Pro' version to support dual monitors.


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Re: New monitor
« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2012, 01:28:15 PM »
Like many others in this post, I use a Dell monitor, the U2211H.

As far as calibration is concerned, I would definitely recommend it. One important thing to remember is that calibration is not a one-time thing. I have my software remind me every 2 or 3 months to recalibrate. Right now, I use the X-rite i1 Display 2 unit. It looks like it's about 160 bucks on Amazon, and it has done a good job of keeping my monitor's colors consistent.

Also, I print my photographs at a local Costco. Since the Costco printer profiles are available online at Dry Creek Photo, I am better able to predict what final prints will look like. Holding a finished print next to the proof on the monitor, and having the colors and tones match is awesome!

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Re: New monitor
« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2012, 01:29:36 PM »
Thanks for links/ideas.

Another question:

Once I buy a monitor, I need to calibrate, right? What is the easiest way to do it? (I know there are special calibrators, but i dont want to buy it for a one time job)

They come calibrated for whatever environment the manufacturer thinks is appropriate. However, that likely doesn't precisely match yours. Also, LCD's degrade with time, thus the profile needs to be updated on a regular basis.

I like the ColorMunki tool that profiles monitors as well as printers (and projectors, but meh).


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Re: New monitor
« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2012, 01:50:49 PM »
Calibration is NOT a one time job. I didn't have time to do calibration on my display for the last year, and I actually wanted to see what happens if I don't do it for a long time. I can tell that a year later, the change was dramatic (the software allows you to see the "before" and "after" image). "Dramatic" as in "holly cow, that's not possible"! (It was freakishly warm for the last year.)

In fact, if you squint, you can see slight changes from month to month.

On the other hand, if you want a general purpose monitor and don't do critical photo editing, just don't buy a hardware calibrator.

(I have a NEC 2690 WUXI2, which is like a 5D2 of displays.)
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Re: New monitor
« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2012, 01:50:49 PM »