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LCD Monitor

by dsaddams / August 11, 2005 1:55 AM PDT

I am a pro photographer shooting digital media. I do a lot of photo editing and retouching. I need a recommendation for a LCD monitor great color and contrast to be primarily used for graphic deisign.


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by Alan Copeland / August 11, 2005 2:13 AM PDT
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Planar. they have one of the best warranties going and I think the specs are also great. eCost or tiger Direct is running the PL1700 for $242 and the 19" for under $300.

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by orange68 / August 11, 2005 10:09 PM PDT
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I don't know of such a monitor, personally, but there are also many, many good forums about that and other digital photo topics at, a site I check daily.

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Check each manufactures website for color profiles.....
by Mark0 - Technologist / August 11, 2005 11:44 PM PDT
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Windows has color management built into it, however to use it you need a "color profile" or ICM file (in windows).

Check the Manufacturers website for each monitor you are considering to see if they have downloadable color profile information. (from personal experience the Princetons do)

As far as monitors go, my only other recomendation is to buy a monitor that has a DVI on it and mate it with a video card with DVI output.


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LCD Monitor
by jcrobso / August 12, 2005 1:56 AM PDT
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The best Monitor to use is realy good CRT. Sony has a couple of models for this that comes with a calabration setup, but big $$$.
In graphic design and Pro photo,
accurate color is necessary so there has to be a calabration method.
You didn't say if your using Mac ot PC. Mac and OS X have a much better color mamagment system than Windows.
The best LCD is probably the Apple cinima series, but againg big $$$$.
What ever youy get you sould invest in a calabrator for it. John

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jcrobso is right, and if size doesn't matter...
by ersatz / August 12, 2005 3:30 AM PDT
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...a good CRT monitor is still the way to go for graphics work and photography (as well as gaming). CRT monitors have faster refresh rates and finer calibration options for graphics work.

My son is a graphics professional, and, although LCD monitors are fast improving, he still uses a CRT for his work. He's also a gamer, and insists that a CRT monitor is superior to an LCD as there is less ghosting, etc.

Both he and I use the Viewsonic Professional Series PF790 monitor. This is probably one of the best CRT monitors around for handling professional graphics (Google its reviews).

This is a plug-and-play monitor, and it is both PC and Mac compatible. It's an older Viewsonic model, but it's still highly desirable. I found mine on eBay for about $100. Be warned, however, this monitor is HUGE, and it weighs 50 lbs. No small footprint here!

If you can still find one of these PF790 monitors, you can't go wrong, and you can use it until the LCD types catch up to the CRT's performance. It's a great economical choice with superior graphics management.

Just one other bit of info...

If you buy this monitor and have it shipped, make sure the shipper protects the screen by taping a piece of cardboard over it. The screen has an anti-glare coating which will scratch. Shipping via UPS should cost about $50 in the U.S.

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Getting Pro equipment
by ConQuer0r / August 16, 2005 12:58 AM PDT

You're a pro? Get pro equipment. LCD is coming along - Access times are down to 8ms or less, so gaming (ghosting) issues are going away - but if you want real pro color accuracy, go with CRT. LCD's goal is to equal CRT quality, then better it. It's closer, but still has a ways to go.

Go with CRT, but go digital with both the card and the monitor. Get a 20" or better. Even then, some of your pictures will be too big for the screen.

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(NT) A Great LCD BUT.......
by momule / August 12, 2005 3:45 AM PDT
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I have and use a Viewsonic VP201b and am very very pleased with it on all levels and it was affordable as well.
However, I MUST agree with the individual that stated that a CRT is the way to go if you are looking for quality.
Once again, this is a trade off tween what you can spend vs what you need. Don't hesitate to buy a HUGE and HEAVY CRT if you need quality as that technology is going to be around for a while yet and will provide your best video bang for your buck at this time. If money is no option look at both the high end CRT's AND the high end LCDs....both options are probably better than your eyesite.

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lcd monitors
by dillon45 / August 12, 2005 1:46 PM PDT
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It is a fact that no lcd monitor gives as true a picture as an ordinary cathode tube monitor at about half the price, Im not great on computers , but I do know monitors as a tv repairer

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LCD Monitor
by riteon / August 12, 2005 11:18 PM PDT
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For the past 2 years I've had a Samsung 181T LCD & have been very pleased with it. I am currently switching to an Apple G5 Power Mac & invested in the Apple cinema series monitors. Comparing specs, taking some of my photos on CD's to Apple's stores & viewing the photos, the cinema series outdoes them all. The closest are the Dell LCD monitors. If price is not a concern, go for the Apple or Dell which is slightly lower in cost. Best take some of your photos to a store & ask them to let you see them on the various monitors.

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LCD monitors versus CRT
by dbloem / August 13, 2005 7:38 AM PDT
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There are two things most important for all kind of monitors: a color profile provided by the supplier and secondly the use of a calibrator (measures color when attached to the screen and makes adjustments to the color profile of the monitor) like the Spyder II or equivalents from the other two major firms.
In former times those ''color measurements'' were not well possible on a LCD screen: the color-quality of a LCD screen was not up to standards.
Nowadays - according to the people of the Spyder II - it is quite possible to generate a more than acceptable color profile (and also WYSIWYG on your printer! if the latter is good enough) also for LCD screens.
Take a well-known brand and check if they deliver a color profile - in that case the manufacturer is also pretty sure of being able to reproduce colors as they ought to be.
Good luck with your research (you will run into all the ins and outs of colormanagement which is not so easy, but a lot of fun to find out ...)
**** Bloem

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by klinger1 / September 18, 2005 2:12 AM PDT
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Is any Dell LCD monitor a better pick than another??

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LCD monitor for graphics
by anapro / August 16, 2005 1:56 AM PDT
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As one of the other respondents mentioned, I too use a Viewsonic VP201m LCD. I bought it several years ago for $2,600, but they are much cheaper now. What you need to check out is the response time, contrast ratio, and resolution. For a large (20 inch) display you should be looking for a native resolution of 1600x1200. Many do not go that high. Look for a response time of 25ms or lower. Also, make sure the monitor supports the DVI digital interface, and that your video card has such an output. I could see the difference between the analog and digital connections on my monitor. The DVI is MUCH crisper!

Although I agree that a GOOD CRT will offer somewhat better color and crispnes of display, the lack of flicker on the LCD more than makes up for it for my taste. I vote for the LCD to save my eyes!

One last comment on the LCD. Although LCD manufacture has improved considerably, no manufacturer that I know of will guarantee a defect-free screen The common allowance is for up to 10 bad pixels. This means that you may have up to 10 spots on your screen where there are either dark or light spots. I was lucky in a sense in my purchase. When I bought my VP201m, the first one I recieved had some issues with the digital DVI interface. That monitor also had a few bad pixels. When I got my replacement, it not only fixed the DVI, but I was very lucky to get a monitor with NO bad pixesl!

Good luck in your search.

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