Monitor Choice

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by mattyb240, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. mattyb240 macrumors 6502a

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    Firstly.

    Thank you to everyone who contributed there opinion on how to select my first camera! I settled on the Canon 1000D and bought an extra lens, with all the accessories I have spent just under £500, and I must say I am very pleased with the results so far, and had some good feedback from friends and family.

    I bought my first print the other day in A2 size, I'm very happy with it, but I couldn't help but notice the colour is different then portrayed on my MBP an external monitor. My question is as a beginner an amatuer I want some form of colour accuracy. Is there a good callibration out there for my Penryn MBP?

    Or is a better external monitor a better option? I'm not making money on my photos or anything like that, but I would like my pictures to turn out how I see them. I only have a very limited budget.

    I was looking at this monitor:
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158551

    From what I have been reading an IPS monitor is the only real way to go? Is it true they re-produce 16,000,000 colours instead of 260 odd thousand? And would I benefit from this?

    I can sell my old 19" monitor for around £65 which would re-coop some money.

    Many thanks,

    Matt
     
  2. Edge100 macrumors 68000

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    Does your MBP have a matte screen? If so, it can be calibrated. Glossy screens, AFAIK, cannot be properly calibrated.

    No matter what monitor you're using, colour calibration is a must if you want your print colours to match what you're seeing on screen.

    EDIT: This is a good, inexpensive option
     
  3. mattyb240 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the link, I'm looking into it now! It does indeed have a matte screen. Does the printer service I used effect it much?:

    http://www.photobox.co.uk/
     
  4. herkyjerky macrumors member

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    That is the same monitor I am looking at getting. I have not heard any negatives yet and it seems to be a good monitor for the price. Is there anyone who has this monitor who could give some feedback?
     
  5. Edge100 macrumors 68000

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    Some printers will attempt to correct your colours for you, but I doubt that the printing process, per se, is the cause of what you're describing. Sounds like a classic case of non-calibrated monitors.

    Did you use Display Preferences to try an initial calibration? I find Apple's calibration tool is pretty good as a first stab, but for proper calibration, you'll need something like the Spyder.
     
  6. sreedy macrumors 6502a

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    I was reading an article in this Months "Digital Camera" and there was a mention of not using photobox and recommending another print service. I'm not sure if this was purely a quality issue or colour matching. I'll take a look at the mag when I get home and post the details.
     
  7. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Buy the external monitor if you like but ANY monitor will require calibration. If you care about color you simply can't get around it no matter how much you spend on the external monitor. They ALL need calibration.

    Most of the big printers used at the services are very expensive and accurate with built-in self testing and calibration. But they mostly just asume you are sending files in the sRGB color space and don't even look to see if that assumption is true. So as long as you send then sRGB files you will get the right result. But if your screen is "off" and you adjust the picture by eye your adjustmants will be off and you will be sending the printer miss-adjusted files. You must have a calibrated monitor before you can even think about what the printer is doing

    So, buy the hardware calibation unit first. There are several at around the $100 price point or just over.

    Yes the IPS pannels are better then the cheap ones sold to for office work, games and DVD watching. But the number of color is a function not of the pannel type but the the DAC (digitital to analog converter) the better ones are 8-bits per channel but the DACs built into notebooks and cheap monitors are 6-bit per channel.
     
  8. mattyb240 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for those who have posted, I had already done a calibration on my MBP before when I first had it, and if I were to get the external this is what I would do also.

    If you could find the details about why not to use photobox I would be interested as I found their service very good.
     
  9. Ryan1524 macrumors 65816

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    The 2209WA is an IPS panel, a very good choice for photography. :)
     
  10. sreedy macrumors 6502a

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    I've also used them loads for my Compact Digital Camera and agree they have been great, but never used them for serious stuff.

    I managed to dig it out eventually from Digital Camera's November 2008 addition, I must have picked it up recently and read that section. It's a letter reply to an article in Septembers edition which I don't have, but I think the letter tells you what I was getting at.

     

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