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    Re: I finally got a good monitor

    I have the 30"NEC with Spectra View sitting alongside a 30"Apple Cinema. Night and day in favor of the NEC. I can set the brightness low enough to get a good match to paper, but I still wind up doing a couple of test prints - paper is fundamentally different than a display in more ways than just brightness - you perceive things differently when looking at paper.

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    Re: I finally got a good monitor

    You would expect the 30" NEC to be better. Apple retired the Cinema display in 2011 so they are getting long in the tooth.

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    Re: I finally got a good monitor

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Lee View Post
    I purchased an Eizo CG2420 monitor from CHROMiX.
    Took you long enough. Inkjet printing is hard enough without being able to see what we're doing. A fully calibrated workflow with a first class monitor is a must in my book. I've been using the NEC Spectraview monitors since the CRT days. Worth it to me. Just sayin'.

    Now, have you got full spectrum D50 lighting for print viewing?

    Bruce Watson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Watson View Post
    Took you long enough. Inkjet printing is hard enough without being able to see what we're doing. A fully calibrated workflow with a first class monitor is a must in my book. I've been using the NEC Spectraview monitors since the CRT days. Worth it to me. Just sayin'.

    Now, have you got full spectrum D50 lighting for print viewing?
    You're right !

    Can you recommend something for lighting ?

    When I've shown work at galleries and schools I've been surprised at the variety of lighting. Everything from flourescent bulbs to halogen spot lights.

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    Re: I finally got a good monitor

    I use 5000k leds

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    Re: I finally got a good monitor

    I use Solux bulbs, which I believe are a high-end museum standard.
    “You often feel tired, not because you've done too much, but because you've done too little of what sparks a light in you.”
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    Re: I finally got a good monitor

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    I use Solux bulbs...
    Me too. Light quality is excellent. But the MR16s run really hot. Not going to win any awards for efficiency.

    OTOH, the Philips ExpertColor LEDs also provide really high quality light. I use the Par30s bulbs for display lighting. These don't run nearly as hot. They are, instead, expensive. It's always something...

    I'm slowly but surely moving over to LEDs when I can. The Solux people aren't showing any signs of working with LEDs however. Notice that I didn't even mention fluorescent lighting at all. Just sayin'.

    Bruce Watson

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    Re: I finally got a good monitor

    Like these? Please specify. I'm shopping for light.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    I use Solux bulbs, which I believe are a high-end museum standard.
    TIN CAN COLLEGE

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    Re: I finally got a good monitor

    The Philips ExpertColor LED look good to me on the spec sheet.

    What bulb color do you prefer.

    I want them for lighting art of all kinds.


    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Watson View Post
    Me too. Light quality is excellent. But the MR16s run really hot. Not going to win any awards for efficiency.

    OTOH, the Philips ExpertColor LEDs also provide really high quality light. I use the Par30s bulbs for display lighting. These don't run nearly as hot. They are, instead, expensive. It's always something...

    I'm slowly but surely moving over to LEDs when I can. The Solux people aren't showing any signs of working with LEDs however. Notice that I didn't even mention fluorescent lighting at all. Just sayin'.
    TIN CAN COLLEGE

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    Re: I finally got a good monitor

    Big Congrats. I use a NEC 27" Spectraview calibrated display, but I've always heard the Eizos are the very best.

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