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doug Nelson
 

Replacing a CRT Monitor


Now that my 11-year-old Dell Trinitron monitor has died, I'm looking at a quality LCD, or a little-used CRT. The monitors discussed on Shutterbug and such places are way too expensive.
Has any of you found:
1. A reasonably priced (under $300) LCD that displays accurate color and can be calibrated?
2. A CRT you've been happy with. I am used to Sony Trinitrons. Goodwill and Salvation Army don't carry monitors any more in my area. I guess San Jose, CA is too rich.
One would think that enough demand exists with all the serious photogs out here for a $200-300 graphics quality monitor. Or am I missing some?


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12/6/2009 12:16:24 PM

 
Peter K. Burian
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2004
  Doug: My recommendations are over $600. The Samsung Syncmaster 245T is fabulous!
I don't know if Samsung's less pricey monitors are really great or not, but they make many of them.


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12/13/2009 1:38:14 PM

 
doug Nelson   Peter, thank you. The Samsung 245T is definitely in the running. Also under consideration is a new CRT from Viewsonic, a lot cheaper.
In the past few weeks, several used CRT's have passed through my hands, all freebies. All are shot, impossible to adjust using the monitor's controls or Adobe Gamma. In all fairness, they are as old as the one that died. No free ride here.


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12/22/2009 9:13:55 AM

 
Peter K. Burian
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2004
  Doug: Yeah, lots of people have old monitors but few of them are worth taking, even for free.
Peter
www.peterkburian.com


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12/22/2009 9:27:51 AM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Hi Guys,
If you want to belly up the $$ for superior quality monitors, Eizo makes several models (most in the $1000 - $1500 range) but since switching to a 24" IMAC 2 years ago, I am blown away by the Apple monitors. The Cinema Screens are also very popular with photographers but they are $$ as well. Apples are also respected for their longevity. The difference after calibrating my IMAC (w/Spyder2) is very slight as opposed to the big difference I would see with my old Dell monitor using the same Spyder2 calibrator.
Good luck with you decision Doug :)
Carlton


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12/22/2009 11:37:26 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Hi Peter,
I guess I should have read your article/link before making my last post in reference to the Eizo monitors. There was a question about comparisons between the Apples & Eizo's and I would be curious to know how they compare. The poster commented that they may not compare because of the MAC platform but the Cinema Screens can be used with any computer as well.
I just found this link that discusses Apple vs Eizo. There are some interesting comments:
http://photo.net/digital-darkroom-forum/00Jx4d

Carlton


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12/23/2009 12:35:47 AM

 
Peter K. Burian
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  Carlton: Since I am not a Mac user I have never tried the Apple monitors.

Peter


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12/23/2009 4:52:25 AM

 
DON HARLAN   I use a NEC: "22IN Ws LCD 1680X1050 Multisync P221W Profl Display" and am very happy with it. It gets good reviews and gives a lot of bang for the buck.


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12/29/2009 7:39:25 AM

 
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