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Which Monitor Do You Use?  
User currently offlineSunilgupta From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 786 posts, RR: 14
Posted (12 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4318 times:

I need to get a new monitor so I’m looking at 19” to 21” models.

For those of you who have something in this range, which make/model do you have? What do you like/dislike about it?



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User currently offlineJT8D From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 170 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4304 times:

Silicone Graphics F180 flat panel display, 18inch LCD. I think that Dell is selling them now. Check the SGI website for specs. They also do a 22 inch (F220), it's also very good but F180 is enough for most people.

Good luck, and be sure to tell us what you got,

Graham Hitchen, KMIA
User currently offlineAccidentally From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 643 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4306 times:
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Sony 20SFII 20"

Its getting old (1996) but it's been wonderful, and the aperture grille damper wire lines don't bother me one bit, in fact I can't see them unless I look hard.

My next monitor will be a Sony CRT...no plans of going LCD whatsoever.

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User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4258 times:

Yesterday I bought myself a brand new Samsung Syncmaster 955DF for about 330 bucks Canadian.
It is normally $500 US so I got off real nicely.
Oh ya, the high price also means that this monitor is a excellent monitor and I concur.
It is 0.20mm Dot pitch, with 18" viewable FLATSCREEN CRT with max 1600-1200 res at 65Hz. I use 1280x1024 at 75Hz and color projection is awesome.
Plane pictures come out brilliantly compared to my shit Viewsonic E790 19" which produced such dark colors. Its crisp and clear and it also has this neat highlight feature basically focusing maximum quality to a certain area of the monitor at your choosing.

Good Luck on your purchase.


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User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 769 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4195 times:

Sony Multiscan E400 19" - absolutely love it and have held on to it through 2 PC upgrades.



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4160 times:

Hi Sunil,

I use a Silicon Graphics GDM-5411 21" as my primary monitor. It's big, the colours a bright and vibrant and most importantly it uses a Sony FD tube, so a perfectly flat screen.

My Secondary monitor is a 1996 vintage Gateway Vivitron 700 which again uses a Sony tube.

Comparing old with new, the Vivitron is looking very dull in colour reproduction... of course that may have something to do with the lousy Matrox Mystique driving it!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4153 times:

Iiyama Visionmaster 1451. Excellent screen. Had some electronics problems with it but Iiyama fixed those quickly, even offered me a replacement for the duration of the service free of charge (which I didn't need as I had my own spare).

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User currently offline737heavy From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 601 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4061 times:

I use an Iiyama Visionmaster Pro 451. Not had any problems with it but wouldn't mind something a bit bigger, 19" is nice but I run at 1600x1200 and sometimes things look small.


User currently offline9A-CRO From Croatia, joined Jun 2000, 1574 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4033 times:

I have Hyundai p910+ for less than 300$
Max 1600x1200@85Hz

It has very good picture quality but unfortunately it has Moire effect on 1280x1024 resolution which can not be enitrely eliminated but if you intend to work at 1600x1200 it is excellent.

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User currently offlineSubzero From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3946 times:

I have recently purchased a Sceptre 19" LCD (X9S-Naga) and so far love it. Max res of only 1280x1024@75hz though. But color is rich and bright. Haven't had a problem with it yet.

User currently offlineUngoMongo From Denmark, joined Aug 2001, 146 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3935 times:


I have a Viewsonic P90f, and love it.
Max resolution is 1920x1440, but I use at 1600x1200@85hz.

Happy New Year.


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User currently offlineSunilgupta From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 786 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (12 years 20 hours ago) and read 3904 times:

Thanks for the replies!

Bo, it’s interesting that you mention that monitor because that is exactly what I have now. I can’t get it to focus consistently across the entire screen so that’s why I wanted to replace it. This problem only started about a month ago. I am unaware of the feature that you describe as “neat highlight feature basically focusing maximum quality to a certain area of the monitor at your choosing”… how do you use it? It would seem to me that I want maximum quality across the entire area of the monitor! The monitor is still in warranty so I may just take it in…

JT8D (GH): I was under the impression that LCD monitors are generally not preferred for photographic work. I’ll check the specs, but do you have any problems with color matching, etc? What are others opinions of LCD monitors for photo work?


User currently offlineTomh From United States of America, joined May 1999, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (12 years 15 hours ago) and read 3894 times:

My beloved 19" Sony G400 died following a recent W98 to XP upgrade. I guess it was just time for it to go, as I don't think there is any connection between the upgrade and the monitor dying. It was rather dramatic though, with a lot of clicking and squealing followed by a terminal(ly) blank screen.

I only had the G400 2.5 years, which was a brief life span. Sony lived up to their end of the warranty by replacing it with a refurbished one. I haven't been billed for shipping yet, but I think it will cost me about $50USD. After handling the huge and relatively heavy box for the 19" monitor, I wanted to switch to an LCD screen right away!

Prior to the failure I really thought I had one of the best monitors in the price range. I recently looked up the cost of a new Sony equivalent, and they seem to be about 40% less than I paid. Guess the new LCD flat screens are driving the CRT price down.

My experience with LCD screens is limited, but I question how well they will perform for photographers. I found that if I viewed the LCD screen off-axis 20 degrees there was a tremendous light drop off, equivalent to at least one f-stop. Maybe this is less of a problem these days.

Good luck in your choice.


User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 769 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (12 years 15 hours ago) and read 3888 times:

I'd love an LCD screen, but I'm concerned about the driver enhancing the image. Any I've seen so far (consumer models) seem to artificially boost the apparent sharpness of the image which I think might be a bit of a problem.

In theory, colour calibration shouldn't be a problem - and the once set, should stay consistent over time (unlike CRTs). On the down side they do seem to be more prone to apparent variations based on ambient light and angle of view.



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineJT8D From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 170 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (12 years 13 hours ago) and read 3890 times:

Consumer LCD monitors are not worth it in my opinion for the exact inherent problems listed above, but the new Silicon Graphics models are a different story. The colors are very precise and the new Advanced In-Plane Switching, (AIPS) technology (don't ask me to explain how it works) means significant improvement in image quality equal to or exceeding most CRTs and all LCDs I have seen. I can only compare it first hand to the 17" Sony CRT I have used which is also very accurate, but requires regular calibration to stay that way. The F180 graphics capabilities have put to rest many of the old LCD problems which had kept me away from them in the past.


Graham Hitchen, KMIA
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