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    Best monitor for photographic work?

    My dad is a professional photographer and I have decided to build a new computer for him.

    He uses a 12.5MP Canon 5D and takes A LOT of photos. The downloading, editing etc he currently does takes ages on his old system and the thought is to build a fast Conroe based machine. I'm fairly happy about the decisions I have made regarding CPU, Memory etc but need some advice about the monitor.

    He currently has an Iiyama 19" CRT (454) - a top end (at the time) CRT. I understand that colour reproduction (which is very important) is very good and am concerned about him making the move to TFT. However, this seems the only logical step so I am looking for a decent 19" TFT.

    I was also wondering about the benefits of a widescreen display (since his photos are not 4:3) but are they any good. Is there a decent widescreen TFT suitable for photographic work???

    I'd really appreciate your thoughts.

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    'Best' can mean a lot of things, as high-quality monitors can get very pricey.

    Here's a mid-range example.
    You can certainly pay a lot more for repro-quality monitors.

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    Not too sure on the best monitors for this type of work. But I would recommend taking a look at the LaCie monitors (although they can reach a pretty penny!). Maybe someone who knows more about these type of things could elaborate on what I have just suggested.

    Have a look here.
    http://www.lacie.com/uk/products/range.htm?id=10016

    Haha Sorry charleski, you sneaked that in before I could press submit.

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    Lacie's range starts with a 19" LCD at £320, though that model doesn't really offer much beyond its frame. Their real range starts at £675 for a 19".

    Of course, if you want something better, you could get a Barco.

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    CRT are still the preferred option for graphic or digital work. If you are looking at a crt try the viewsonic G220f(Graphic series 20inch). I use one and it beats my dell lcd for picture clarity and stability. You can also buy 3rd party software like spyder for monitor calibration.
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    When it comes to tft's, I think Eizo screens probably have the best picture/colour quality I have seen. Although their prices do reflect this.

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    Eizo's professional range are by far the best, dont expect to pay less than £700 for a 19inch version though.

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    I've been looking at the Viewsonic Pro 20". Not as exacting as their graphics series or the Lacie ones, but a lot more affordable. Not saying you shouldn't spend the money if you have it, just putting my 2p in if you don't

    The Viewsonic Pro has the ability to switch from 1600x1200 to 1200x1600 when you pivot the screen. Would be great when working on portrate photos. thats one of the reasons i like that screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckskull View Post
    Eizo's professional range are by far the best, dont expect to pay less than £700 for a 19inch version though.
    Another vote for the Eizo monitors.

    Scan sometimes have some on Today Only, but they're still not exactly cheap
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    I work with a number of graphic designers and a photographer and none of them, given the choice, would work with TFTs over CRTs. The colour reproduction just isn't up to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salazaar View Post
    I work with a number of graphic designers and a photographer and none of them, given the choice, would work with TFTs over CRTs. The colour reproduction just isn't up to it.
    It is when you spend mega money, but on the cheaper end of the spectrum CRT is still ahead on quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatalSaviour View Post
    Another vote for the Eizo monitors.

    Scan sometimes have some on Today Only, but they're still not exactly cheap

    I too can vouch for Eizo, I'm currently using a FlexScan S1910, to say I love using this screen is an understatement, it did cost about £100 more than other respected 19" TFTs but I'm glad I paid the extra money. The colours are rich and vibrant and it works great with games too even though I know thats not the point here.

    Added to this its a 10-Bit display which as I said looks great, it should look even better when 10-Bit compatible graphics cards come out from ATI/Nvidia. Oh and I have absolutely no dead pixels (I may just be lucky here though), the build quality is there with Eizo, and I suspect Lacie are the same.

    Having said that if you want even better colour reproduction (where tfts are concerned) you won't go wrong buying a lacie but they are very expensive and their only any good for still imagery. They don't handle moving images well at all form what I've read about them.

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    Last edited by Dorza; 13-09-2006 at 04:47 PM.

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    Thanks everyone for your comments.

    OK for a start when I said "best" I had no idea that a professional TFT would cost £1-2,000 !!!!

    My budget would stretch to approx £500-700 but many of your comments suggest that I may be better off keeping the existing Iiyama Vision Master Pro 454 CRT.

    I'm really unsure now.

    I can really see the benefits of a widescreen display for photographic work. If I were to go to TFT I would definately be looking at a widescreen TFT. The Eizo widescreen 21" looks LOVELY but it is pricey!!!!!

    What about Dell widescreens???

    Any other suggestions???

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    I am not a photographer however i would say a dell Dell Ultrasharp 2407WFP £750 may be your best bet TBH
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    Yeah your dad will be more than happy with a 2407 and it's nice and big too.

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    i do web gfx work and fins tfts do have worse colour reproduction,

    colours can vary from angle too.

    i normally use a 17" dell tft

    the dell widescreens are better i used a 2007fpw but it wasnt high enough so didnt allow for much full image zoom without cutting top and bottom off the pic.

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