Monitor Calibration Systems

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Old Man River, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. Hello All,

    Found out the information on my lens question. Now how about monitor
    calibration systems. Really seem to be leaning toward the Spyder 2.0 PRO
    setup. Any comments.

    Thank you in advance.

    Old Man River
    Old Man River, Mar 26, 2006
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    ian lincoln Guest

    When i enquired about this at my photoclub i was advised against doing it
    myself. You don't just attach calibrator and install software and click
    calibrate. Best if you hire someone to do a full calibration. Not just
    screen but printer and scanner too.
    ian lincoln, Mar 26, 2006
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  3. Spyder is very good. I calibrated my monitor for over a year with one
    until I got a Monaco.

    Here is good review of your options.

    But monitor calibration is just part of a color management system for
    your prints. Every one doing digital photography and who is serious
    about the quality of their prints needs to read this.


    "Americans have plenty of everything and the best of nothing."

    John C. Keats
    American Writer
    John A. Stovall, Mar 26, 2006
  4. If you are too dumb to calibrate your equipment you need to find a new

    Have you read this?


    "Americans have plenty of everything and the best of nothing."

    John C. Keats
    American Writer
    John A. Stovall, Mar 26, 2006
  5. Thank You John.

    I have a friend you had the Monaco system, however, he upgraded to XP and
    Monaco wanted him to buy the hardware/software all over again, instead of an
    upgrade, and that pissed him off. I see a lot of this in the computer
    industry, Intuit changes their online banking system every two years so you
    are forced to upgrade if you use them for instance, forcing you to upgrade
    the version to the latest. I piss them off, I upgrade every other year or
    every third year, that way I am in control.

    He went to spyder and has had excellent results and great support.
    According to Spyder's website, the software will work on Vista, so I won't
    have to upgrade later. My only concern is that I am going to move to dual
    core and 64bit, so wonder about drivers for it.

    On the other hand, Epson has already posted a 64bit driver for my new R800
    printer so that is not going to be a problem. Drivers is where the rubber
    will meet the road on upgrading to 64bit and dual core. Hardware companies
    know, they will have costs associated with writing a driver for that
    platform, and by not charging will loose money, so they make you upgrade by
    not providing a driver for your somewhat older equipment. Helps their
    profit motive. I think HP might pull this crap, so I have given up on
    buying anything they make, plus ever since they merged with Compaq, the
    quality is crappy and what used to be in the box (servers) is now something
    you have to buy extra. Will build my own when the time comes.

    Old Man River
    Old Man River, Mar 26, 2006
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    bmoag Guest

    Spyder or Monaco: either one used properly will improve your printing
    immediately. Printing becomes predictable instead of a crap shoot.
    The Monaco Optix XR budnle has a usable system for creating custom
    printer/paper profiles using your flat bed scanner. In my experience this
    has not been a great improvement over using Epson printers with Epson's
    canned profiles but is a huge improvement used with Canon printers. Canon
    only provides profiles, not all that stellar, for its own (2) paper
    finishes. If you like to use special papers creating a custom profile with
    whatever printer you use may save frustration.
    bmoag, Mar 26, 2006
  7. I use a Mac for all my photo work. :)


    "Americans have plenty of everything and the best of nothing."

    John C. Keats
    American Writer
    John A. Stovall, Mar 26, 2006
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    C J Southern Guest

    Hope you don't mind me posting the same reply as I gave to the last time you
    asked this question ...

    (Might pay to read it as the spyder you mention has been discontinued)


    I bought it - and it does a good job. As to how well it works on an LCD
    monitor - that really depends on what controls the LCD monitor has (eg can
    you adjust individual colours?) - but if you've already got the monitor it's
    going to be a moot point, as all calibrators will have the same limitations.

    Having said all that, you might find the following news release of interest
    (keeping in mind that the $250 mentioned is NZD - prob about $175 US)

    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.
    C J Southern, Mar 27, 2006
  9. I don't know why your photo club would give such advice. The calibration
    routine is an epitome of simplicity. And, yes, it is simply installing
    the software, attaching the calibrator, "clicking" calibrate and following
    the on-screen instructions. Of course, there are those, who are incapable
    of following instructions. I don't know if this is caused by arrogance or

    And, yes, do calibrate everything: monitor(s), printer(s), scanner(s).
    And recalibrate everything periodically, but especially after installing
    new ink in the printer.

    Stefan Patric, Mar 27, 2006
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    C J Southern Guest

    If you're going the 64 bit way primarily to run photoshop then it's unlikely
    you'll see any advantages until Adobe release a 64 bit version - you'll
    still be limited to 3GB max program size - with the only benefit of extra
    RAM under WinXP64 is that it acts as a disk cache.
    Nah - they've been crappy all along.
    C J Southern, Mar 27, 2006
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