Discussion in 'Photography' started by J, May 28, 2012.

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    J Guest

    I still use my 'old' Mitsubishi 17" (Gateway badged VX720) monitor which is
    basically a FST and similar to the Iiyama models. My buddies have long since
    dumped their older-style CRT monitors in favour of the newer LCD and LED
    types, but I honestly think my monitor is far superior in quality to these
    things. The high resolution of my monitor is awesome compared to these new
    ones. I'm told my monitor is ugly, too big, too warm etc., but at the end of
    the day, it definetely shows my photos up in a better light, clearer,
    sharper, more natural, whereas the same photos viewed on the LCD types just
    look jaded somehow. Anyone else think this?

    J, May 28, 2012
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  2. How about profiling and calibrating the monitors?

    Wolfgang Weisselberg, May 28, 2012
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  3. CRTs do eventually fade and die, unfortunately. I was sad when my own
    Mitsubishi 17" eventually went. Some of the more modern CRTs are't bad
    though, and the photo-specialized ones have good resolution and gamut.
    More expensive of course. (eg $40k for a Dolby PRM-4200...) maybe not.
    Some of the Eizo, JVC and NEC screens seem pretty nice, though.

    Andrew Reilly, May 28, 2012
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    notbob Guest

    I used to. No longer.

    I finally un-assed for an Acer 23" xtra wide monitor after my last of
    3 CRTs bit the bullet (now have $30 in disposal fees). This due
    mainly to the fact that FP mons are now, finally, affordable, and also
    cuz it's becoming harder to find working CRTs. I'll admit, FPs are
    not perfect. If you have old 'puter h/w, like I do, you may have
    issues with yer old vid card and getting the propper drivers for the
    correct aspect ratio. This expecially true on linux boxes, like mine.
    Still, fer my old geezer eyes, this new Acer is a step up. So much
    bigger, no need to wear eyeglasses.

    BTW, still have an old 17" Sony Trinitron mon for XP computer and
    a Sony 32" Trinitron TV, both fer Netflix movies, mostly.

    notbob, May 28, 2012
  5. It comes down to personal preference.
    24 watts or 300 watts?

    I have several of both CRT and LCD-LED and prefer the colors
    on the LCD's over the CRT's.

    You probably know that LED's are not LED pixel screens.
    They are LCD's backlit by LED's instead of florescent tubes.
    However, the good ones can selectively turn off the LED's
    giving the appearance of blacker blacks and better contrast.

    You best bet is to spend several days (or months, like I did)
    comparing in store monitors.
    Paul in Houston TX, May 28, 2012
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    J Guest

    I have to be honest, I am not a fan of shopping around for computer harware,
    I would rather buy something based on the opinions of others whose opinions
    I personally respect....'but maybe I'm just lazy in that way. I bought my
    previous monitor after reading many positive reviews in magazines and online
    techy sites. I am having big problems getting into LCD/LED displays, for
    instance, when I edit my photos they look really great on my monitor, but
    then I see them on a friends LCD display and I think "there's something not
    quite right", the photos look so different. I always load up the ICM file to
    calibrate my own monitor, but I doubt others will do this on their own
    systems....'I wish they would. Then there's the aspect ratio...'I can spend
    an age cropping, resizing and generally tweaking a photo until I think it's
    perfect, only to see it looking like sh*t on a different monitor. This is
    really what's putting me off making the switch. Maybe I'm just an old
    stick-in-the-mud, I dunno! :) I suppose the newer monitors are okay for
    things like surfing and gaming etc., but for photography, there's no set
    standard, or at least, there's nobody making use of it.

    J, May 28, 2012
  7. One thing about LCD monitors: there are several different types.

    The most common ones are unsuited for photo use. The problem is the
    contrast varies from to to bottom of screen if you are at
    normal viewing distance. Go to a store and notice this. Move your
    hear up and down and it gets much worse. In fact, at my local
    Best Buy, there are NO monitors that don't suffer from this.
    I had to buy one mail order (a Dell). The usual "good"
    ones are called "IPS" though some companies use different names.
    Look for a vertical viewing angle of at least 120 degrees
    in the specs.

    Doug Mcdonald
    Doug McDonald, May 29, 2012
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Higher end LCD displays are fine. The same? No.

    Better than CRT? Maybe not.

    In the end it's what you print that counts or what you display online.
    And since the overwhelming majority of displays are now LCD, you might
    as well edit for them.

    There is no display that shows an image like it will print. That's a
    physical impossibility. But you can come close enough to tune the
    output as needed.
    Alan Browne, May 29, 2012
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