Took my new 24" Imac back today...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tttexxan, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. tttexxan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2007
    I hated to return my new Imac but I could never get the calibration on for editing pictures. The brightness was just way to high on the new monitor. I was having to hyper lighten then to come even to get close to what I was seeing on print. Very sad day since I enjoyed using this computer.

    I talked with several prof camera stores and each said the new Imac glossy screen was not recmomended with photo editing.

    Oh well maybe some fix will come around and I can get another in the future. It was more important for my prints to match though.
  2. je1ani macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2007
    What did you get instead? I know that $1800 must be itching to be spent again :p
  3. tttexxan thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2007
    Kinda long story here it goes---

    Prior to getting the Imac I had been using a PC purchased from Sams club. My pics were right on as for color management and brighness are concerned, but really prefer that mac interface. Sams has a great return policy on thier PC's (up to 6 months no questions asked).

    I returned the computer to buy the Imac and to my dismay calibration has been frustrating. The apple manager was very helpful and let me return without open box charge. When you return the computer they also give you a new start date for return/exchange.

    I would like to buy another PC at Sams club due to the awsome return policy. Heck you can upgrade every 6 months without them blinking an eye.

    So my thoughts are to get a PC from Sams club and keep an eye out for better calibration devices for new Imac.
  4. daverso macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2007
    Have you thought about going with the MacBook Pro?

    That's what I use for my photo editing. I take it with me when I need the mobility for shoots, and for post production I take it home and plug it up to my Monitor. You can get the MBP with a non-glossy screen, and I find the color surprisingly accurate.
  5. tttexxan thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2007
    Funny you should ask that...Another story in itself...

    I actually have a Mac book Pro and have been using it for about 1/2 year...This really got me turned on to the mac interface. Unfortunattly 2 mo into owning the machine my daughter spilled entire gass of H2O on the keyboard. Everything went dead, but two days later turned back on. Ever since then I have not been able to get the colors on Mac Book Pro to even come close to prints.

    I have tried everything. I used 3 difffernt calibration tools, went to 4 different photo labs, and even purched an epson 1800 in an attempt to figure out the problem. The end result is the color shift is WAY off making skin tones appear sepia on final print. On the monitor itself everything looks fine, but something happing when printing. This was using everyones including epsons printer profiles.

    I have not tried hooking an external monitor up because I could never trust what my Mac Pro might produce.
  6. tttexxan thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2007
    Oh yea I have the Mac Book Pro at work tonight with my Spyder 2 Pro and planning to Calibrate once more. Doubt it will work but still worth the try
  7. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Well that's unfortunate but I don't see why the OP felt the need to tell us...:confused:
  8. RevToTheRedline macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2007
    All this talk about the "glossy" screen not being suitable for photography is beginning to become moronic.

    But hey, it's not my loss.
  9. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    Same reason you feel the need to tell people here how much you love your iMac maybe? Some people are open to ideas on both sides. Why a product works for some and not for others is useful information for someone researching. We can't fill this place with only reasons for getting a Mac, or the iMac specifically. Because there are people out there who don't like Macs or iMacs.

    Fairness to both opinions allows for more informed and responsible consumers.
  10. vultureparade macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2007
    Really? How so?
  11. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    You know you could just buy a $20 adapter and use an external monitor just as you would on your MacBook Pro right? Though I have a 20", and it looks fine to me. Did you use Apple's built in calibration, because it's not very good for these IMO.
  12. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Hmm, maybe you haven't figured it out but it IS a Mac forum and an iMac forum for that matter. So the people who don't like Macs have no real need to visit here right? Thanks.
  13. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    With people of your caliber here, I would advise them to avoid these forums.

    What you may have missed here, I know it is hard to read, there are people who try them and don't like them. With no other option, as you conveniently pointed out with the mini and mac pro, they have no other choice but to settle for the iMac, if that doesn't work, they have no other choice but to go another way. Of course your philosophy is to take it up the ass, so I wouldn't advise these people to listen to you anyhow.

    Anyhow, those peoples opinion are as welcome as yours, as uninformed as you may be, some people want to read other experiences, maybe one similar to their own. Which you wouldn't get here with your philosophy, as the forums would contain nothing but people who kissed Apples lovely bottom right out of the womb.

    Of course I don't expect you to understand this, since I know the Apple will control your thoughts. But try to be a bit more inviting, maybe even helpful. Telling people they aren't welcome because they have a differing opinion is not the way to get people to love the platform you love, however blindly.
  14. vultureparade macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2007
    I don't think this post could make less sense.
  15. tttexxan thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2007
    The reason I posted this-----

    There are issues with the 24" glossy screen and calibration for photography. I tried the in monitor calibration and also external devices. For color they work great but for brightness is another story. The luminance on the new Imacs are just way toooo bright....Apperently the new monitors are lit with LED's.....I have tried the shades program to darken but that in return messes with the gamma...

    Oh well..
  16. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Can't you just get the 20" iMac and take the extra money and buy a second monitor known for its color accuracy?
  17. tttexxan thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2007
    That is a thought that Im considering----however the new location in my house for the 24inch was wife and kids loved it but this would be my photo editing machine....Two monitors would not fit....great suggestion though and might have to consider this....I have a mac book pro but even when connected to another monitor final prints were off...Hey I need to ask that question
  18. vultureparade macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2007
    This is what I was thinking. Maybe you could even pick up a lower priced Macbook and an external monitor. Put the Macbook on a little stand and it shouldn't take up much space.

    You could also look at the last gen white iMacs. The screens are matte and really fantastic especially when compared to the new aluminum iMacs. I wonder how they would work with color matching.

    Small Dog Electronics has the 24" in stock. They also pop up in the Apple online store under refurbs from time to time.
  19. JWFerne macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2006
    I'm not a professional photographer so please excuse my ignorance... I do have a Pantone Huey calibrator. Between using the calibrator and lowering the brightness of the monitor using the keys on the keyboard (even though the Huey has room monitoring brightness control) the colors on my screen are damn close to my printers output.

    Perhaps something like the Pantone Huey calibrator could help your situation? If you're family loves the iMac so much it'd be a shame not to consider all options out there to make it work.

    I totally understand if this type of solution doesn't hit the quality for you're professional eye.... just throwing it out there as a possible solution that was overlooked.


    edit: you could also look for last years 24in model. I think it got decent marks for photo editing.
  20. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    What a stupid post.

    I like Macs, but that does not mean every model of Mac is right for me. So I browse these forums to see the ups and downs of each model and then make an informed decision about the choice of model to get for a specific purpose.
  21. quadgirl macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2006
    My partner is a photographer and uses a 23" cinema display with an Intel Mac Mini. He upgraded the hard drive and maxed out the ram. It is hardware calibrated and accurate.

    We also have an Intel iMac 20" white model. It's screen is very good, not quite as good as a Cinema Display, but a lot more accurate than the new iMac's screen.

    If you want the best screen, get a Cinema Display - it's Apple's pro solution - so it's kinda obvious.
  22. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Instead of being condescending about my post maybe you should ask why I would write something like that? I was responding to another poster that said that people that don't like Macs should still be informed of inferior products that Apple makes. I replied saying that if person doesn't like Macs then they really shouldn't be hanging out in a Mac forum. I have posted quite a bit helping people and giving some of my own opinions. I noticed you haven't posted much at all. Maybe you should help more people instead of judging posts.
    Really guy, learn to ask first and be a bit less rude.
  23. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
  24. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    hey Tex,

    have you thought about buying a refurb'd 24" white imac? the specs for the previous don't vary that greatly. maybe it can be calibrated for your needs?
    still gets you the 24"'s and the mac UI.

  25. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2006
    New York City
    This is either a lie or you're confused beyond belief. No amount of damage to a computer that still functions can cause an external monitor to display colors inaccurately.

    The Macbook pro has nothing to do with its calibration if you're using a hardware tool to calibrate the external monitor.

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