1.8 vs 2.2 gamma

Discussion in 'macOS' started by okrelayer, Aug 29, 2009.

  1. okrelayer macrumors 6502a

    May 25, 2008
    Snow Leopard going to 2.2 gamma on the monitor is driving me nuts. While i am not a photographer, i feel that the 2.2 is hurting my eyes. Things feel harsher.. I went into the display options and defaulted back. What is your guys thoughts on it? Maybe i should give 2.2 a shot, it could be because i am used to the 1.8 gamma.
  2. wankey macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2005
    The new gamma absolutely rocks. Much more natural blacks, natural colors, overall just absolutely delicious for my eyes. No more white filter all over the colors, more true. Especially when I'm dealing with graphic designs.
  3. benlee macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2007
    I had to do a recalibration with my external monitor. When comparing my old profiles, the 2.2 Gamma looks so much better. Everything looks more crisp.
  4. avalys macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2004
    You know, it has always been possible to use 2.2 gamma in previous versions of OS X - it just wasn't the default. Similarly, you can set 10.6 back to 1.8...
  5. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    Yeah, I've been enjoying 2.2 gamma for a years now. The default never appealed to me. I *always* calibrate my monitor as soon as I get it. Why everyone thinks this is new, I have no idea.

    Calibrate your display if you want everything to look the way it was intended to look!
  6. Cinder6 macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2009
    I, too, always set my gamma to 2.2 before SL.

    Any tips for the best calibration for a 13" unibody MB?
  7. otis123 macrumors 6502a

    May 4, 2006
    i just toggled the settings and 2.2 looks much better, deeper blacks, and everything just pops.
  8. go.mouse macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2007
    Vancouver, BC
    2.2 looks nicer on my friend's 13" MBP (glossy screen), but horrible on my 17" MBP (matte screen) and 30" Cinema Display. I gotta go back to 1.8 for both of my displays.
  9. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    The brightness setting in the Display Preferences was set to maximum by the 10.6 installer, which made the display initially seem more vibrant and bright.
    (my display profile was created with the brightness near minimum)

    The whites were totally blown out and lacking in detail.
    I first noticed it in the "jelly" iTunes visualizer.
    Setting the control back to the same setting used in the calibration, restored the color range and detail in the whites.
  10. okrelayer thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 25, 2008
    you could tell the UI was made for the 1.8 gamma. Hopefully some of this gets sorted with 10.6.1 Just open equalizer in iTunes, the colors of the grays are way off. I am on 2.2 gamma btw. Trying to get used to it

  11. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I've been using 2.2 Gamma since I bought my first MacBook Pro in 2006.

    I always found 1.8 washed out.
  12. Yaboze macrumors 6502a


    May 31, 2007
    The Garden State
    I noticed it right away. After the upgrade was done and the desktop came back up, I was like wow! The colors and everything looked really good, so I am keeping 2.2.

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