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Jun 18, 2011 23:06 |  #1

I'm looking for advice/recommendations on equipment to calibrate my monitor.

My current computer hardware is a Dell Precision M6400 laptop with an NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M 1GB graphics adapter and a 17" WUXGA RGB LED 1920 x 1200 screen. I am running 64-bit Windows 7 SP1.

I would like to calibrate my display for both color and exposure. In fact, exposure/brightness often seems to be my biggest problem. I've manually dimmed my screen to try compensate for what can be a very bright display. I use the histogram in Photoshop when converting RAW files. I sometimes print test images on my Canon printer to gauge whether or not what I'm seeing on the screen is what I'll get in print. But even when the prints off of my printer look good, the prints I get back from labs such as Mpix often come back darker than expected. (Do these labs make automatic adjustments to pictures before printing them?)

Thanks in advance for your help. If anyone has suggestions not directly related to calibration hardware, I welcome those comments as well.


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Jun 19, 2011 11:14 |  #2

I personally use an Eye One 2 Display unit for all my needs. It will measure ambient lighting as well. You can purchase additional modules for doing printers, TV, projectors and a few more I believe. Well worth the money. You still need to get all color management workflow setup regardless though. Good luck to you.


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Jun 19, 2011 14:20 |  #3

Spide3 Elite, or a cheaper version of the Spyder3 and different software.


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Jun 19, 2011 14:38 |  #4

i opted for the spider3 studio sr, which includes spyder3 elite, as i've started to print my own photos. the resulting profiles were excellent. the colors across my workflow were so far off before, and now my prints come very close to what i see on the screen. very happy with it.


  
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Jun 19, 2011 21:53 |  #5

Thanks for the replies and thanks to whomever moved my message. I debated between this forum and the "Accessories and Storage" forum and chose the latter since these devices are "equipment".

I have a couple of additional, follow-up questions:

1. According to what I've read, most standard monitors can display 72% of NTSC while "high gamut" monitors will display +95% of NTSC. According to Dell:

How many types of colors are supported on a certain complete subset of colors? 42–45 percent is typical on a standard CCFL panel. Dell Precision laptop panels with RGBLED backlights offer 100 percent color gamut for the ultimate experience in working with graphics and color.

I've read comments that both the Spyder 3 Elite and i1 Display 2 give mediocre results when calibrating high gamut monitors (with the Spyder perhaps doing slightly better than the i1D2). Are these comments/concerns legitimate? If so, what is recommended for a high gamut display?

2. Should I consider the ColorMunki Photo? Frankly I'm a bit confused about where or how the ColorMunki fits into the X-Rite product line. I didn't find any feature comparison for their various products. And, the ColorMunki actually shows up under accessories for the i1 Display 2. Any insight to these matters would be greatly appreciated.


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Jun 19, 2011 22:44 |  #6

Been using Spyder products for close to 10 years now. They work fine if you know what you're doing. It's accurate enough that I can reproduce fine art reproductions 100% accurately. ;)




  
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Jun 20, 2011 05:27 |  #7

http://www.drycreekpho​to.com …rCalibrationHar​dware.html (external link)


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Jun 20, 2011 12:49 |  #8

amonline wrote in post #12623158 (external link)
Been using Spyder products for close to 10 years now. They work fine if you know what you're doing. It's accurate enough that I can reproduce fine art reproductions 100% accurately. ;)

+1 to this. Most users who have problems are those who ask for advice, receive it, but then don't follow it.


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Jun 20, 2011 14:15 |  #9

Also, just as an FYI:

http://www.robgalbrait​h.com …age.asp?cid=7-11622-11688 (external link)

X-Rite unveils i1Display Pro, ColorMunki Display (updated)
Monday, June 20, 2011 | by Rob Galbraith

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