any spyder 2 users out there?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by ian lincoln, Apr 13, 2006.

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    ian lincoln Guest

    ian lincoln, Apr 13, 2006
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  2. Thomas T. Veldhouse, Apr 13, 2006
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  3. I've got one and like it too - but it's obsolete. It's been replaced with
    one that's better and 1/2 the price.
     
    Pete Mitchell, Apr 13, 2006
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  4. What is it's replacement? The Spyder 2 is their latest product line and I am
    not aware of a new replacement product.
     
    Thomas T. Veldhouse, Apr 14, 2006
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    ian lincoln Guest

    So was it any good? also i chose the one with the printfix suite to
    calibrate my printer too. This is software based and i think you simply
    choose the patch that is correct.

    There was one that uses the scanner. might have been profiler plus. there
    are also £400+ ones that come with the spyder AND a printer colorimeter. On
    the photo i uk forum there are mixed feelings about all of them. I mostly
    want to get my monitor done as i have found a uk site that let you download
    their printer profile and print a completely straight print, no interference
    at all. It is extremely cheap. £1 per a3 print. minimum order £5. The
    downside is that if you don't do everything absolutely perfectly you will
    get an unsatisfactory print back cos they do absolutely nothing, no colour
    management, cropping, alignment, brightness contrast etc. So not for the
    faint hearted. If i got on with this then learning colour managment and
    buying the hardware would be cheaper than buying a £500 a3+ multiink
    printer.
     
    ian lincoln, Apr 14, 2006
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  6. Take a look at "What's new" at www.colourmanagement.co.nz ...

    the excerpted bit is ... (price is NZ dollars - I paid over $600 for my
    spyder II pro studio setup)

    Pantone release new "huey" monitor optimiser - for under $250
    Pantone also had a big announcement over the summer - they have dropped the
    ColorVision Spyder products and have joined forces with GretagMacbeth to
    create the "huey".

    Huey is an entry-level monitor optimiser that brings monitor profiling
    within reach of everyone - from amateur photographers to gamers; although I
    think an Eye-One Display 2 or an Optix Pro would be better suited for
    serious amateurs and professionals.

    The huey is a pen-sized monitor optimiser that is easy to install, easy to
    use, and creates a monitor profile in less than three minutes. It also has
    the ability to remain hooked up to the computer, automatically adjusting for
    ambient light levels in the room.
     
    Pete Mitchell, Apr 15, 2006
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    Kevin Agard Guest

    First of all, those colourmanagement.co.nz prices are quite high.
    Spyder2Pro's MSRP direct from ColorVision is only $299.00 USD (roughly
    $470 NZD at current exg rates) and $259.00 USD street price. ($409 NZD).

    And let us not forget that the ablve is for the PRO version. There are
    the Express and Suite versions starting at $69.00 USD ($109 NZD).

    And where are the reviews of this device? Most of what you state below
    appears to come directly from the colourmanagement.co.nz site. Where are
    the folks who have used this device and are recommending it?

    I'm actually in the market for one of these so I am seriously asking.
     
    Kevin Agard, Jun 10, 2006
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    ian Guest

    The full spyder 2 suite i bought was mrely the express with a software only
    profile maker for a printer. I would therefore recommend you go for the
    cheaper express suite. You get the same calibration device but simply less
    bundled software.
     
    ian, Jun 10, 2006
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    Toby Guest

    I have the earlier Spyder Pro. I have found it very useful. It does a good
    job of setting the monitor up to an objective standard, so that you have
    some transparency in the color management process. You will still find that
    there are some differences between your prints and what you see on your
    monitor (depending on the printer and its profile), but at least you will
    know that what you are seeing on your screen is set to a known standard. The
    further step is to then calibrate your printer based on an external
    colorimeter, but this gets expensive.

    Toby
     
    Toby, Jun 12, 2006
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