Apple Thunderbolt Displays best for editing photo?

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  1. umbilical macrumors 6502a

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    hi, is the Thunderbolt Displays the best for pro editing photo, retouch, color image etc...?

    im new to that, i start studying, i need buy a pro monitor

    any pro photographer etc... here?

    thanks
     
  2. gatepc, Oct 10, 2011
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    Best is subjective to some extent. It is an IPS panel so its better then most monitors that are TN panels. IPS panels offer greater color depth and range, as well as better viewing angles.

    Some people can't stand glossy displays for editing others swear by them, I personally in the second group. Their are a couple companies that sell IPS screens as well NEC sells really good budget displays they are basically re branded Lacie displays that sell for less. Dells top end IPS panels are good too. Then theirs the upper end of the scale with Eizo, many of their monitors sell for over $2000 so thats not always an option.

    One thing you must take into account is that almost no displays come calibrated and even if they do monitors color slowly drifts and needs recalibrating every now and then. So you must buy a color calibrator for the most accurate color. Some higher end monitors come with them. I can personally recommend the Spyder series by data color.
     
  3. umbilical thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thank you! you can recommend some brands and models?
     
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    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B004R5SLJG

    This is the cheapest IPS I found which should work fine. Just make sure you turn off the "picture enhancers" like Splendid and dynamic contrast as these actually will hurt the image quality when your aiming for reference quality.

    You will also want a color calibrator like the Spyder 3 pro found here http://www.amazon.com/Datacolor-DC-...58L4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1318297172&sr=8-1

    As far as I can find the cheapest 2k resolution IPS screen is the Apple cinema Display which is overall just much better but the top option is good if your on a strict budget.
     
  5. umbilical thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    really, thank you; look great and cheap, good reviews, but I even can pay around $500 or $600 for one monitor, so any other better?

    now I have this:
    http://reviews.cnet.com/lcd-monitors/dell-sp2309w/4505-3174_7-33456038.html

    i really like one thing about that dell, the resolution:
    2,048x1,152-pixel resolution

    others like apple is 1920x...
     
  6. gatepc, Oct 10, 2011
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    Apples is not 1920 that was the older version the new one is 2560x1440 also I don't believe that the dell monitor you posted is an IPS display. Despite the fact that it has a higher res the monitor you gave me a link for will be much worse when it comes to color accuracy and therefore not good for photography.

    This display would be a good middle of the road one offering even better color accuracy http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...17145&creative=399373&creativeASIN=B004NBZ994

    It covers 98% of adobe RGB spectrum which is very very good for a monitor in this price.

    If you want to spend more the good option would be the apple cinema display it has good color accuracy and has that nice high res to it 2560x1440 as well. But you pay for that as well.
     

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