Question... I'm looking to see what people use and opinions on which are the best if i'm in the market to purchase one. I have a relative who made the statement to me that any photographer who's a professional or takes his work seriously uses Apple products to edit their work. He feels there isn't a monitor on the market that has Apples clarity and true image quality. I think there are a couple monitors that are just as equal and better. Asus and Samsung are 2 of my choices.... Any opinions or thoughts???
Nov 11 12 07:19 am Link
Belgrade, Central Serbia, Serbia
Nov 11 12 07:29 am Link
You want to consider at least 10-bit monitor that is capable of displaying 1 billion colors. For the money, I prefer this one: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/7 … n_LCD.html
If money is not an issue, consider this one: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/8 … creen.html
If you just do retouching for screen only, any 6-bit laptop LCD, such as Apple's MacbookPro or any Dell laptop, is good for that purpose.
Nov 11 12 07:30 am Link
Sisters, Oregon, US
Apple consistently uses monitors that are a cut or two above the common herd. I do know that Samsung also makes high resolution monitors and Samsung has put out quality products in my experience. But their "Low End" monitors are no better than those which come bundled with mass produced inexpensive systems.
When you are looking at monitors be sure you look at all the specs. Basically, you will get what you pay for.
As to the comment about serious photographers only using Apple products. Bear in mind that the industry standard post production software is published by Adobe, not Apple.
My 2c worth.
Nov 11 12 07:43 am Link
Kerkrade, Limburg, Netherlands
Eizo CG245, 98% RGB 1:850 contrast, professional monitors always have this low contrast. NEC, Lacie, all offer 1:850 - 1:1000 contrast.
Samsung, ASUS, HP etc... advertise with their super high contrast, but that's not what you need for retouching.
Nov 11 12 07:46 am Link
There are others like Quato, and certain HP, like the 2480 zx. In fact the HP I have has the highest gamut of any edit monitor ever made. Too much so.
Yet for the most part NEC for the price and quality are hard to beat.
Nov 11 12 07:55 am Link
Sisters, Oregon, US
Also, bear in mind that 99.9% of those who view digital formatted images are viewing a relatively low resolution version and viewing it on relatively low end monitors.
Nov 11 12 07:57 am Link
Just silly. Eizo is the brand that people recommend when they really don't know so they go with name recognition.
I don't know for sure but I've heard Apple doesn't support 10-bit display color depth.
From my point of view im just looking for a good monitor for editing... I dont need to see the base of hair follicles when I zoom in on a pic... My cousin is talking picture quality over all (I think) While I have an open mind on comparing products I also dont think Apple is the be all end all...
Nov 11 12 08:03 am Link
Jeff Michaels Photos wrote:
Whatever monitor you choose also be sure to get a calibration system or it renders the quality of the monitor moot. If the colors are off it doesn't matter how good the monitor is.
Nov 11 12 08:05 am Link
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
I work with Eizo and Dell monitors.
If you compare price and quality without a doubt Dell U3011 2560X1600 .
Outstanding quality and colors , professionally calibrated from factory , I bought several monitors for my retouchers , they work perfect.
Highly recommended .
Nov 11 12 08:19 am Link
They do with the Mac Pro and Display port. The limitation is there, over DVI Apple is not going to work.
Nov 11 12 08:28 am Link
Neil Snape wrote:
Good point. There are other features to consider other than just the panel.
Nov 11 12 08:32 am Link
Bedford, England, United Kingdom
Michael Pandolfo wrote:
While I agree with some/most of what you say I wanted to point out that there is more to the quality of a screen than who manufactures the panel. The fact that Samsung may manufacture an Eizo panel doesn't mean the performance of the display will be the same. There are tweaks/ customisations that happen alongside different acceptance cirteria for the panels whioch means on average you would probably expect a higher performance from an Eizo than a Samsung (but don't get me wrong Samsungs can be very good). The key sentence though is the Research the specific screen - some Eizos are superb, some less so. Same with NEC...
Nov 11 12 10:02 am Link
Kansas City, Missouri, US
I use the NEC Multisync P221W. I purchased it with the calibrator through B&H. Very happy with the results and the price is very reasonable.
Nov 11 12 10:18 am Link
Brooklyn, New York, US
Sclesky Art Nudes wrote:
Nov 11 12 10:52 am Link
Neil Snape wrote:
I've heard it's the Apple OS that doesn't support 10-bit color depth.
Nov 11 12 12:22 pm Link
TeresÃ³polis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?threa … st17626143
If money is not a problem, Quato Intelli Proof Excellence, Eizo CG or NEC PA
BTW, OSX does not support 10-bit output http://www.imagescience.com.au/kb/quest … ut+Support
Nov 11 12 01:21 pm Link
Chicago, Illinois, US
I use the NEC PA271W and love it. One of the problems with the Apple monitors is that they are all glossy. I don't think Apple is geared toward professionals. I had the older brand and since It had a small spot on on my screen they upgraded me to a refurbished PA271W and it is awesome. NEC does sell refurbished monitors for a little cheaper so check that out. But if you have the cash to buy new...I would buy new.
Nov 11 12 02:32 pm Link
East Newark, New Jersey, US
EIZO industry standard.
Nov 11 12 03:13 pm Link
Santa Cruz, California, US
Jeff Michaels Photos wrote:
...I would be very careful of following his advice. That statement shows how subjective and narrow-minded point of view a person has.
Nov 11 12 10:44 pm Link
You're right, the cards and display port do support it yet the drivers were never correctly developed. According to Chris Cox 10 bit frame buffers are made yet the OS returns errors.
Nov 11 12 11:05 pm Link
Thanx for all the input... I myself am just looking for a solid monitor for editing. While I have looked at all the llamas mentioned there are 2 ASUS monitors that fit perfectly. In the end I think my cousin was basically saying he has yet to physically see another monitor that has the same quality and clarity as an Apple screen does. As for the statement about using Apple products to edit etc. etc. All the posts about the tools you use are correct and with the software being made by adobe etc. etc. I think again he may be looking at it from an opinion of Apple being a better quality product. My view is as long as you/the client is happy it really doesn't matter what you use to a point.
Nov 12 12 04:10 am Link
Dearborn, Michigan, US
I have a LG 23 inch IPS monitor.
Nov 12 12 04:22 am Link
Chesterfield, England, United Kingdom
Until today i worked on a asus monitor as old as the earth itself lol , but since it started to flicker, i will get the DELL U2713HM 27 and hope we be good buddies for a while.
P.S. with that i wanted to say, its not really about the monitor, but about your skill.
Nov 12 12 06:12 am Link
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
And of course, make sure you can rotate it to portrait
Nov 12 12 09:30 pm Link
Reading, Pennsylvania, US
Get the whole truth (well atleast 98% of it :)with a NEC MultiSync PA241W-BK-SV and the built in KVM switch rocks
Nov 12 12 11:41 pm Link
Vancouver, Washington, US
I use the ASUS PA246 and absolutely love it. Good IPS panel that didn't break the bank.
Nov 13 12 10:58 am Link
KaiÅ¡iadorys, Kauno, Lithuania
I think the best monitor is calibrated monitor:D
try Nec or Eizo
Nov 13 12 11:07 am Link
Los Angeles, California, US
Gotta 27 inch Vizio LCD that I bought at the camera swapmeet for $130... freakin deal of the century and amazing image clarity...
Nov 13 12 11:11 am Link
Reus, Catalonia, Spain
Another happy Nec user here.
Nov 14 12 07:51 am Link