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Amelia Deslongchamps
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member since: 1/20/2006
 

Calibrating a Monitor


I am looking into getting a color calibrator for my monitor, can anyone suggest one that they prefer? I have done my research but reviews seem equal on the main products out there such as Pantone or Colorvision.

7/25/2007 6:16:01 AM

 
Richard Lynch
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  Amelia,
I have used the ColorVision Spyder for some time now, and it is what I recommend in my Color Workflow course. It is easy to use, and does a great job. I also used an early version of the GretagMacbeth (when it was still Sequel Imaging), which is what got me using hardware calibration in the first place.
The competition in this market is tight, so manufacturers really have to provide ease-of-use and results. Whichever you pick, it will be a good addition to your system and a means of helping you along the way to getting better color.

7/25/2007 11:52:28 AM

 
Irene Troy
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member since: 5/27/2004
  Hi Amelia,
Richard, of course, is the expert in all of this. However, just to reassure you that you do not need to be an expert in order to get good results from calibrating your monitor, I also use the Spyder Pro. I find it very easy to use (no real tech knowledge needed) and accurate. I tried the Huey, but was not as satisfied with the results; although, many other folks here have used that system and have received good results. Whichever you choose, rest assured that both will vastly improve your workflow.
Irene

7/25/2007 5:49:45 PM

 
Giordano Carlini
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  Take a look....

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=28920


Gio

7/26/2007 8:35:20 AM

 
Raymond Parsons
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member since: 7/22/2007
  Hi Amelia -

I use the Pantone Huey and I'm very pleased with the results. The setup is very easy and I can definitely see a difference in the photographs with the monitor calibrated correctly.

7/30/2007 11:54:02 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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member since: 11/11/2003
  If it doesn't work well, Gio might tell you that they'll leave you hangin'.

7/30/2007 12:05:39 PM

 
Oliver Anderson
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member since: 11/16/2004
  The Spyder2 pro is GREAT and EASY. The Huey is cheaper and it basically comes down to the number or sensors...both are fine but I think the extra $100 for the spyder2pro was money well spent.

7/30/2007 1:06:08 PM

 
Amelia Deslongchamps
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member since: 1/20/2006
  thank you everyone for your advice, you helped confirm my decision to go with the spyder pro.

7/30/2007 1:36:41 PM

 
Giordano Carlini
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member since: 9/13/2006
  Very good decision!!!
I wish I asked around before I bought Huey.....

Gio

7/30/2007 2:58:12 PM

 

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