Renting/purchasing a Spyder

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Kong, Oct 29, 2003.

  1. Kong

    Kong Guest

    I've given up trying to eye-ball profile my monitor (painful to do and
    not very accurate) so I'm looking at either purchasing or renting the

    Is there anywhere in Adelaide where I can rent the Spyder for a day or

    What about purchasing the Spyder from the US? has it
    listed for $199.99 (is OptiCAL worth the extra US$100?). Shipping to
    Australia using Airmail Parcel post costs US$38.50. In total this is
    about A$300 cheaper than buying from a local store or

    But I've heard people have had problems with customs and extra
    handling fees? How does this work and how much would I have to pay to
    get it into the country?

    Also does the Spyder software load up during start-up like Adobe Gamma
    or does it just create an ICC profile for the monitor?
    Kong, Oct 29, 2003
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  2. Anything over $400 Au will attract import duty. You will also be required to
    pay GST. Remember to add this into your costs when making local comparisons

    After characterisation and calibration Optical will create a display profile
    that you use. Never let anyone touch your display controls after that. :)
    You obviously need to re-calibrate every 4 to 6 weeks.


    Glenn McCarter

    Digital Lucida
    478 - 480 Rathdowne St
    Carlton North Vic 3054
    Ph. (03) 9349 5159
    Fx . (03) 9349 5153
    Glenn McCarter, Oct 29, 2003
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  3. Hi Kong,

    If someone is renting it to you, you are suppose to have a licence to use
    the software
    and if you are critical, you need to calibrate every two weeks, NOT every
    4-6 weeks! and spyder only works on one display atm. So if you have two
    monitors it will be by the primary monitor that will dictate the two or more
    screens - I am not aware of any consumer models that can do multiple
    monitors yet.


    Haute Cuisine Pty Ltd, Oct 29, 2003
  4. Kong

    Kong Guest

    So the Spyder with PhotoCAL will not attract import duty since it costs
    roughly A$284 but I will still have to pay GST. Thats A$284*1.1 (A$312) for
    the Spyder/PhotoCAL and A$55 for shipping. Total: $367 (still A$252 cheaper
    than dirtcheapcameras!)

    Is this correct?

    Also is it worth spending more to get OptiCAL instead of PhotoCAL? Getting
    the Spyder with OptiCAL will push the price tag over A$400 so I'd have to
    pay the import duty.
    Kong, Oct 29, 2003
  5. Kong

    Kong Guest


    Once the profile has been made, can't you remove the software? I thought
    that once the profiling is complete, all you'll need is the .ICM file
    created by PhotoCAL (or OptiCAL)?

    But I probably will buy it from the US so this won't be a problem. I just
    found out it costs A$100 to rent it for 24 hours. Just after four
    calibrations, it would have been cheaper to buy it!
    Kong, Oct 29, 2003
  6. Kong

    VH-CBR Guest

    Suddenly we're in I have a Spyder in my shed :eek:)
    VH-CBR, Oct 29, 2003
  7. Kong

    Larry Ng Guest

    GST payable on goods, shipping and import duties = 1.10x
    Exchange rate ~= 0.70

    US $200 + 38.50 / 0.70 * 1.10 ~= AU $375

    That's if they don't rip you off on the exchange rate.
    Larry Ng, Oct 29, 2003
  8. Kong

    Larry Ng Guest

    $200 + 38.50 / 0.70 x 1.10 ~= AU $375
    Larry Ng, Oct 29, 2003
  9. Kong

    Chris David Guest

    I have the One Eye calibration in which a number of reviews I read says is
    better then the Colorvision spyder. So is there any way I can make a profile
    for 2 monitors since i was planning on adding an extra monitor in a months
    BTW I was using the adobe gamma software till just a few months ago and
    using hardware calibration does make alot of difference. Renting wise I'd
    try n rent a higher model to create profiles for your other hardware
    especially printer/paper combinations though not sure where in Melbourne or
    Sydney this can be done.
    Chris David, Oct 29, 2003
  10. Kong

    Henrik Guest

    that was my thinking too - but I supported a local store! :)

    Henrik, Oct 29, 2003
  11. Kong

    Henrik Guest

    I don't know about you but I am not. Though I am sure a Spyder would be
    slightly more to rent for the day :)

    Henrik, Oct 29, 2003
  12. Kong

    Andrew Mc Guest

    Don't bother getting OptiCal - PhotoCal is fine.
    Andrew Mc, Oct 30, 2003
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