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Editing Digitally: CRT Vs. TFT/LCD Screens

Tue Nov 04, 2003 11:24 pm

I'm always lagging a bit in equipment and am only now thinking of getting a TFT/LCD screen for my desktop. So this question presumes that you'll understand I am not going to shell out mega bucks. But this monitor change, for regular non-graphical computer work, comes at the same time as I am starting to mess about with digital photos. I have had people e-mail me photos who have edited them on laptops i.e. LCD screens, and their photos seem way too dark when viewed on CRT or printed to paper.
So my main question is: Should I keep my CRT monitor going for photo-editing and hard print refining, and avoid optimizing my photos for TFT screens ?



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RE: Editing Digitally: CRT Vs. TFT/LCD Screens

Tue Nov 04, 2003 11:41 pm

At the bottom end of the scale, stick to CRT. The image on cheaper LCDs is artificially enhanced for contrast & sharpness, making it an unreliable photoediting tool (though good for text). Color also tends to be an issue as small changes in viewing angle or ambient lighting can make a significant difference to the appearance of the image.

At the other end of the scale, one of my staff has just received their LaCie PhotonVision 20" LCD screen - and I'm impressed - I'd swap it for my Sony CRT anyday. RRP is $1400 - good value for money, but not cheap.

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RE: Editing Digitally: CRT Vs. TFT/LCD Screens

Tue Nov 04, 2003 11:45 pm

Hi all

I had some cash to spare so decided on a new monitor.

While a TFT would be nice, after reading many reports and stuff concerning photo deiting/desktop publishing etc, I decided to go for a new CRT.

IIyama 22" and loving it to bits so far. The slightly annoying twin wires that are feintly seen on the screen don't bother me now.

I originally thought it was a fault.....how stoopid I was. Should have read the manual first.

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RE: Editing Digitally: CRT Vs. TFT/LCD Screens

Wed Nov 05, 2003 12:26 am

I'm using a NEC 15" LCD.
It's good, but after one year of using it's getting small, especially with the photo-editing stuff.
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RE: Editing Digitally: CRT Vs. TFT/LCD Screens

Wed Nov 05, 2003 12:35 am

The slightly annoying twin wires that are feintly seen on the screen don't bother me now.

Got them on my Sony as well - they're a feature! Great reference point for levelling horizons  Smile

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RE: Editing Digitally: CRT Vs. TFT/LCD Screens

Wed Nov 05, 2003 1:04 am

I work with both daily on pictures.

I have to say if you go for a TFT screen get yourself a good video card it really makes a difference trust me. Of course my TFT screen is a pretty expensive one and when I compare to the latest one's out there I find there has been some loss in quality lately on the newer screens.

I have over 850 on the database and have only gotten a bad dark picture twice over the last year since I've been uploading. The key is really to get used to the monitor, after that you should be ok. In fact when screening I personally prefer TFT over CRT, I guess because I'm used to it and have never used the second for photo editing.

Obviously if you have the money go for a 22" CRT, don't think there is much to say against it, the reason I got rid of my 19" was that I got a smaller desk and against the mass radiation (well what my folks thought).

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RE: Editing Digitally: CRT Vs. TFT/LCD Screens

Wed Nov 05, 2003 1:22 am

I bought myself a secondhand Silicon Graphics 21" behemoth... please make sure you have a strong desk before you buy!

Like Gary and Colin have mentioned, it also has the two suspension wires which are only really noticeable on pure white backgrounds... a Sony Trinitron tube 'Feature'!

Mine comes with the completely flat screen and produces astonishingly clear images. The best money I spent in bloody ages!

My advice... get a CRT! High spec TFTs are VERY expensive!

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RE: Editing Digitally: CRT Vs. TFT/LCD Screens

Wed Nov 05, 2003 2:04 am

Is it only the Sonys that have the two lines? Or is it all Trinitron monitors?

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RE: Editing Digitally: CRT Vs. TFT/LCD Screens

Wed Nov 05, 2003 4:06 am

Hi Staffan,

Trinitron is a Sony Trademark name for their aperture grille tube technology. Mitsubishi have a tube that is very similar, called Diamondtron. Both use the fine wires to hold the aperture grille in place.

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RE: Editing Digitally: CRT Vs. TFT/LCD Screens

Wed Nov 05, 2003 4:24 am

Hi all

The IIyama H204DT uses Diamondtron also.

Nice featue is the built in 4 port USB hub.........only got my mouse plugged in so not sure what to use the other 3 for!

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RE: Editing Digitally: CRT Vs. TFT/LCD Screens

Wed Nov 05, 2003 4:45 am

printers, the camera etc?? or do you use a card reader?

btw my IIyama Vision Master Pro410 also has these lines. dont bother me at all. They just remind me of my screens superiority... Smile

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RE: Editing Digitally: CRT Vs. TFT/LCD Screens

Wed Nov 05, 2003 5:18 am

Weitse

Quite a few USB stuff but already have ports for them.

Will have to think of new stuff to buy  Wink/being sarcastic

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RE: Editing Digitally: CRT Vs. TFT/LCD Screens

Wed Nov 05, 2003 5:34 am

Ok, just wondering, because my Dell screen has them and I've been trying to figure out who actually makes the screen but I haven't been successful so far...

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RE: Editing Digitally: CRT Vs. TFT/LCD Screens

Wed Nov 05, 2003 9:00 am

As I recall there should be a number on the back of the monitor which can be cross referenced against an American Federal database of sorts which will tell you who made your screen.... I once did this for a Gateway monitor to see if it was a Sony Trinitron or a Mitsubishi Diamondtron (sad.. I know!)

FCC rings a bell... I'll get back to you if I find anymore info.

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