Glossy calibration?

Bristol410

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Apr 16, 2006
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Amongst all the pain expressed about the glossy screens on the new iMac, is it actually possible to calibrate a glossy screen for decent colours? I'm a photographer and have been waiting for a couple of months to get the new iMacs I knew were coming, and now they're glossy! I've been into an Apple store and they look good, but the colours are appalling - oversaturated, too contrasty, just terrible! Great for happy snappers, but no use for a photographer needing at least a vaguely accurate idea of what the photos look like. I looked at my own website to make sure I was looking at pictures I know, and barely recognised them!

The reflections won't be a problem for me the way my office is set up, but is it possible to get a glossy screen calibrated to give acceptable results? Some way of turning down the saturation and contrast? Or should I just rush out and buy a discounted previous generation iMac while I still have the chance?
 

rainydays

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Nov 6, 2006
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If you really care about colors then perhaps you should get a Mac Mini and a high end display made for graphics/photo work instead.

But yeah, you should be able to calibrate it to get more accurate colors. But both the old and the new iMacs carries consumer displays. Pretty nice consumer displays though.
 

Bristol410

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Apr 16, 2006
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Wilts, UK
Thanks for that link - it looks like it possible, but not ideal. My office is set up with fairly consistent, indirect light, and I tend to keep the curtains drawn anyway, so it might be OK with careful calibration. I shall see what people think as more are delivered and they start being used widely.
 

RRK

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Mar 14, 2007
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So to summarize that article:

Dont bother calibrating the 20".

Calibrate the 24" in the dark with an expensive meter.

Blacks and grays never quite get there.

Good but not an ACD.

Is this pretty much it?
 

aliquis-

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May 20, 2007
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Amongst all the pain expressed about the glossy screens on the new iMac, is it actually possible to calibrate a glossy screen for decent colours? I'm a photographer and have been waiting for a couple of months to get the new iMacs I knew were coming, and now they're glossy! I've been into an Apple store and they look good, but the colours are appalling - oversaturated, too contrasty, just terrible! Great for happy snappers, but no use for a photographer needing at least a vaguely accurate idea of what the photos look like. I looked at my own website to make sure I was looking at pictures I know, and barely recognised them!

The reflections won't be a problem for me the way my office is set up, but is it possible to get a glossy screen calibrated to give acceptable results? Some way of turning down the saturation and contrast? Or should I just rush out and buy a discounted previous generation iMac while I still have the chance?
One thing I don't understand is how/why saturated colors are "wrong", I can understand that they aren't "as on other calibrated devices" but "wrong"?

Anyway it seems like you can calibrate it if you do it in a darker room where external light doesn't reflect into the glass, or I guess you can remove the glass while you calibrate it. Good luck.

Also the 24" probably have a better panel quality, but I guess for best result you should get a second IPS-panel and connect that one aswell.

Philips 200WP7ES (PVA if unlucky), Dell 2007 WFP (PVA if unlucky), Nec 20WGX2/pro (Glossy), Sony SDM-S205F and LG L2000C (4:3) is a couple of IPS-models which aren't made by Apple or Eizo and therefor at a more consumer friendly price.