Which monitor color calibration software/hardware

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Chris7, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. Chris7 macrumors 6502

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    Just bought a Dell U2410 looking for decent color calibration software/hardware. This is not for professional work, and my humble eyes do not need the best. Would use primarily with Photoshop CS4. I've heard that Spyder 3 is a good value, but I don't really know what my options are. I do want to be able to easy re-calibrate to different ambient light.

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  2. jaysen macrumors 6502

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    XRite EyeOne LT - I purchased a used one for $70 on an Internet Forum... Couldn't be happier. And, if you need a little more detailed calibration you can purchase the upgraded software and release its full potential.
     
  3. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    I've been very happy with the Spyder 2 Pro - they're on Spyder 3 now though. :D
     
  4. Chris7 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Syder 3 Elite vs. Spder 3 Pro

    Looks like there's two versions here, with the Elite version being $40 more. Any rec's on which one?
    Looks like I'd prefer one that will let me save settings for multiple ambient lighting situations. I hadn't realized I wanted this until I read about it. Thanks, though...
     
  5. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    Well, at least when I look at the Spyder Comparison Chart, I don't see that the Elite offers anything extra that the typical user cares about. Generally people are going to want to calibrate with a gamma of 2.2 and a color temp of 6500K, so the ability to use an unlimited range of either seems pointless. It's funny that, with the Spyder3 Pro, they've added some meaningless "restrictions" like that which weren't there with the Spyder2 Pro - you'll notice they don't compare to the Spyder2 Pro, just the Express. :D

    Look at that comparison chart. People who actually need the Elite will know it. If you don't know (e.g. if you find yourself thinking "Hmm, what is that? Do I need it?") then you don't need it, seriously.

    Bottom line (in my opinion anyway) - get the Spyder3 Pro, not the Elite.
     
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    I just got the Spyder 3 Express, and I'm pretty happy with that (thought it's my first colorimeter, so I don't have anything to compare it to).
     
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    I think the main advantage of Pro over Express is you can use it on multiple computers/monitors. So you've got a point there - if the OP only has the single setup, that might be all he needs.

    In any case it's the same colorimeter across the range of Spyder 3 products, so the differences are strictly related to restrictions imposed by the software.

    Addendum: Looks like the OP did mention (in the middle of this thread) that he wanted the ability to use multiple profiles - so he'd need the Pro version I believe.
     
  8. telecomm macrumors 65816

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    There's a workaround for that (pretty straightforward), but as I understand things, the other colorimeters also have a sensor on the exterior to measure ambient light, so that might be a reason to get one of the more expensive models.
     
  9. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    I use the Spyder3 Pro with my Dell 3008WFP. It works great, is easy to use, supports the direct RGB controls on the Dell, and also supports ambient light measurement. I am able to calibrate my monitor to within a fraction of a percent of an ideal 6500K whitepoint. I can also create multiple profiles easily, e.g. one for the Dell and another for my MBP 15" screen.

    I had the Spyder2 Express previously. The Spyder3 Pro is a big improvement.
     
  10. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    The Spyder 2 Express does not support direct RGB controls if your monitor has them. You need the Spyder3 Pro or better for that. If your monitor does have RGB controls it is very worthwhile getting a colorimeter that utilizes them (on the Spyder it's actually the software that makes the difference between Express and Pro).
     
  11. Chris7 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks Westside guy, telecomm, and Race Tripper…

    It’s looking like the Express is not enough, and the Elite is too much (I wonder if that’s the way Datacolor planned it -- isn't marketing often set up so we buy the "middle" verison?).

    Looks like I’ll be going with the “Pro."

    -Chris

    Edit: I just now ordered Spyder 3 Pro from B&H. Thanks again for your time...
     

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