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Recommendations for Best LCD Monitors for Photo Editing.

Rich Pate , Mar 27, 2009; 08:18 a.m.

I will be doing a lot of color-critical photo editing on a Mac and would like to get a good 20" to 24" LCD Monitor for editing. I already have a 19" LCD secondary palette monitor.

I have noticed that most monitors on the market seem extremely high contrast and targeted towards playing games and watching movies -- not necessarily producing accurate wide-gamut colors. I also need the monitor to have good controls for brightness, contrast, RGB and color temperature to accurately calibrate it with a Sypder2Pro colorimeter. Any recommendations in the $300 to $600 USD price range? Thanks.


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Patrick Lavoie , Mar 27, 2009; 08:51 a.m.

So what you want basically is the best for max 600$..not THE best..then you got a more limited option of course..no point of suggesting a NEC. I dont think there is anything that qualify as best under 500$.

The best bet is the Dell 24 Ultrasharp, and with the money save..get a spider3 at least : )

Howard M , Mar 27, 2009; 08:55 a.m.

+1 Patrick. the Dell 2408WFP or HP 2475W

Rich Pate , Mar 27, 2009; 09:44 a.m.

Thanks Patrick and Howard. I didn't think that being on a budget would draw such disdain.

But alas, I have squandered most of my resources on a new Mac Pro and now must grovel for the best monitor with what little is left. OK, I'll sell my dog or something and up my price range to $800 US. Can that get me anything respectable -- and to clarify for Patrick, not the "best of the best." :-)

Matt Laur , Mar 27, 2009; 10:05 a.m.

Patrick's NOT showing disdain, Rich, he's just calling it like it is. He's a professional retoucher, and works in front of such displays all day, every day. You can take his recommendations to the bank, when it comes to displays and color calibration tools and strategies.

Plus, he ain't from around here. He talks funny! :-)

Patrick Lavoie , Mar 27, 2009; 10:20 a.m.

LOL.. it make me more human ; )

Tim Lookingbill , Mar 27, 2009; 12:14 p.m.

Patrick talks funny cuz he's a color/retoucher Tarzan.

Still not sure if he's translating from French or if it's Spanish to English.

Ah juz lock duh wuhyee he towel-ks.

That's redneck into English.

Bob Velkov , Mar 27, 2009; 12:27 p.m.

The Eizo ColorGraphics CG241W wide gammut with hardware calibration is considered the highest-grade standard monitor for profesional image and video editing work.

Patrick Lavoie , Mar 27, 2009; 12:40 p.m.

Bob..its a 2200$US monitor..did you read the OP budget?

600$ MAX..what can you suggest for that price other than a Dell 2408WFP? (its a really good monitor for the price by the way)

And for your information, again, the monitor specs is one thing, the ability to see the difference between 2 monitor is another, and the need for such monitor is also another thing...If you dont do photo retouching profesionally 50hres a week for demanding client, anything between 600$ - 1000$ will do more than you need. And if you are a serious amateur, such a monitor in that price range will do also more than you need.

And personnaly, i wont put 2700$CAN for a Eizo 24inch monitor when i could have a similar product as for quality and color management with a NEC 26inch for 1350$CAN..dam, i could buy 2x 26inch NEC for the same price!?

G Dan Mitchell , Mar 27, 2009; 03:15 p.m.

What Mac do you have? I have a 24" iMac and it profiles quite well. I do not doubt that some of the very expensive high end monitors can handle a somewhat larger color gamut or that they may profile a bit better, but we are talking degrees here - degrees that can make a difference to certain folks, but which may not be worth the cost in many cases, even for producing some very high quality print work. (Where, in the end, you are almost certainly going to make at least one test print prior to your final version anyway. :-)


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