bigphilnyc
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Buying A New Monitor (Help)

Sat Jun 05, 2004 10:51 pm

I'm looking to get a 17 or 19 inch monitor.

But I dont really know what to look for. Anything special, or can any monitor take care of my needs?

I might go buy it i like 30 minutes, because I'm trying to edit pictures and everything on the screen looks like last night's yummy spaghetti dinner....after it's been digested and released from my bowels.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

-Phil
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paulinbna
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RE: Buying A New Monitor (Help)

Sat Jun 05, 2004 11:15 pm

I bought a Sony Triniton and is great (17 inch) I looked for a while and this one was rated the best.

Canon 50D user; 100-400 MM L IS 10-22 MM, 60MM Macro
 
wietse
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RE: Buying A New Monitor (Help)

Sat Jun 05, 2004 11:19 pm

Phil,

Try to get something flat (not LCD, you want CRT) and a low dot pitch. I have a .24 17'' IIYama screen, which is still the finest 17'' ever made. Cant go wrong with the top models from Sony, IIYama and the likes.

Wietse
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RE: Buying A New Monitor (Help)

Sun Jun 06, 2004 12:45 am

Aviod LCD unless you go for the really high end stuff, otherwise u'll be upset.
I use a dual monitor set-up, where a HP f70 17" LCD is my primary and when i want to see some as it was intended to look i fire up my Cornerstone p1600 21-inch CRT (.21 dot pitch).
If your really serious the screen should come with a Colorimeter calibrator.

Robert
 
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RE: Buying A New Monitor (Help)

Sun Jun 06, 2004 1:08 pm

Phil,

Make sure it shows color cause dem ol' black and white ones are kinda out of date. Also, I hear there is a new 3 dimensional one which will allow you to see the sideview of them there planes flyin' over you on the dock. This might help you when it comes time to fill in the N or registration number...  Smile

Good luck in your new monitor search and one more thing - you've been puttin' up some nice pics here !!!
 
syncmaster
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RE: Buying A New Monitor (Help)

Sun Jun 06, 2004 1:25 pm

If you do go LCD, go Samsung, Planar, or NEC. I have one of each of these, they all look better then my dad's best of the best CRT's. Especially with photos.  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Buying A New Monitor (Help)

Sun Jun 06, 2004 9:08 pm

Hi all

Phil, I had the money for a nice LCD last year but decided to go for another CRT, this time an IIyama Vision master Pro 514, a very nice 22"

For screening and processing my own images, LCD was not the way to go.

Cheers

Gary
 
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RE: Buying A New Monitor (Help)

Mon Jun 07, 2004 3:44 am

So,
what do you guys think of the Apple Studio/Cinema Displays?
Disregard the price for a second and just think of the quality.

Denis
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RE: Buying A New Monitor (Help)

Mon Jun 07, 2004 4:30 am

The Apple Studio displays...stunning. Cost you a bloody fortune...but...
 
bigphilnyc
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RE: Buying A New Monitor (Help)

Mon Jun 07, 2004 3:00 pm

There's some 19 inch monitor at some computer palce near my house for $250. I think I'll buy it tomorrow. I know nothing about it. I'll check it out and let you folks know.

Thanks for your help.

-Phil
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RE: Buying A New Monitor (Help)

Tue Jun 08, 2004 11:29 pm

Ok, so I got my new monitor, a Samsung SyncMaster 753DF. Not the greatest thing, but it's a huge improvement over what I had before.

Calibration is becoming a problem for me. A lot of my pictures now look a litlte washed out or lacking onctrast. I newly edited a few ofmy shots and saved both versiosn and showed them to people. Some said the old ones were better, and some said the new ones were better.

I really can't tell if my monitor is calibrated properly. I used the tools and read everything on the Add Photos page, but I can't seem to get anything out of it. This stuff is completely confusing to me.

Can anyone help me out somehow?
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RE: Buying A New Monitor (Help)

Tue Jun 08, 2004 11:43 pm

I'd like to know the same thing. Somehow, the calibration of a CRT is a nasty task.
I now use a laptop for editing, and I recently hooked up a 17" Sony CRT. All my pictures looked very yellow. The same on the Compaq 17" I have at work. However, when I edit my pictures (from the Canon 10D), I hardly modify the colours. The only thing I adjust sometimes is the white balance, and then only slightly. And I like the way my pictures look on the laptop, and figuring that I didn't mess with the colours, I guess the colour balance of the picture is right.
The CRT looked very unnatural. The monitor does not allow me to adjust the colours individually, so how can I fix this? Changing the contrast and brightness doesn't make a difference, and the colour temperature has only a few presets, none of which I like. Isn't there a way to adjust the colouring via the video-card?
Cheers,
Eduard
 
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RE: Buying A New Monitor (Help)

Tue Jun 08, 2004 11:52 pm

If you've got Photoshop, use the Adobe Gamma tool in the Control Panel - this is probably as good as you're going to get without a dedicated hardware calibration tool.

Some video cards come with drivers which allow you to adjust your calibration, however, I've not found these very good for photo-editing - in general most of the consumer cards are concerned with game-play and the optimum set up for gaming is not always the best for graphic work.

When calibrating make sure your monitor has been on for a good while - I usually leave it for 60 minutes before calibrating. Turn contrast up to 100% and then use brightness (in conjection with the Adobe Gamma) to set the black point. Take your time on this - getting the black point right is the key to good contrast and appropriate colour saturation.

Cheers,

Colin
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bigphilnyc
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RE: Buying A New Monitor (Help)

Wed Jun 09, 2004 1:04 am

I cant find this gamma tool in PS. And once I find it, what do I do with it?

Would you folks be able to show me Anet pics that are of good quality and show perfect levels of contrast and brightness for me to see as a model?

BEcause I think my editing techniques were warped with my old monitor and my eyes arent working right.

-Phil





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RE: Buying A New Monitor (Help)

Thu Jun 10, 2004 10:08 am

The Gamma tool is in the Windows Control Panel, if you have XP you might want to turn the Control Panel to Classic mode, or find the "Other Control Panel Options (something like that)" link. Hope that helps.  Big thumbs up

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