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Re: filmscanners: OT: Monitor Purchase

Most of my past use with the computer has only included putting other images
into Quark XPress, or games. This will be the first computer that I use for
imaging, and have yet to purchase a slide scanner, although I have been a
photographer for 20+ years and a list member for at least 2. From the list,
I have heard of the Spyder calibration hardware, and intend to look it up in
about a month. I have little expertise first hand to pass on. Let me know if
there are other co-owner issues I can address.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Lloyd O'Daniel" <lodaniel@bham.rr.com>
To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2001 5:02 AM
Subject: Re: filmscanners: OT: Monitor Purchase

> Jim,
> Thank you for your response . I also run my monitor and computer through a
> UPS .  The first PC monitor I purchased was a NEC 4FG, considered to be
> best in its size at the time. We bought at least one more 4FG at the
> Both developed problems within 3-4 years...mine post warranty and theirs
> during warranty. Those were not run through UPS's though. I still have it
> after 9 years, but it's pincushioned out and should be junked.
> My current monitor is a Panasonic PF70 Pure Flat, which was close to if
> the most expensive 17" at Compusa about 3.5 years ago. I selected it
> it had the best display quality over all others on display, including at
> least one Sony model.. It's a flat screen and, though Shadow Mask, has
> contrast, brightness, and sharpness when it is clear. It has developed an
> intermittent ghosting problem that is getting progressively worse. Ghost
> isn't exactly what's happening, but it's hard to describe. The problem can
> go from minor ghosting to the right of text and icons to green streaks
> running across the display. I can whap the sides of the monitor at the
> and clear these up. I originally thought that it might be the video card,
> cable, or RF from another device. But I've systematically eliminated those

> possibilities.
> I've read on the list that most monitors will fail to be able to be
> calibrated after 3 years of continuous use anyway. I've been calibrating
> this one for the last year or so with Photocal and the MC7 puck. It still
> calibrates with no problems. Are you calibrating your Sony's (particularly
> the 7-year old) to D65 with similar hardware/software? If so, I'll
> definitely give the Sony's a look.
> Regards,
> Lloyd
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jim Snyder" <jimsnyder@insight.rr.com>
> To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
> Sent: Friday, October 19, 2001 9:52 AM
> Subject: Re: filmscanners: OT: Monitor Purchase
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Lloyd O'Daniel" <lodaniel@bham.rr.com>
> > > My experience with monitors in general (and I've bought in the
> > > range previously) is that they die in 3-4 years anyway, which
> discourages
> > me
> > > from paying a premium.
> > >
> > I run both the CPU and the monitor through a line interactive UPS and
> > never had a monitor die or fail in any way. Of course, I don't buy cheap
> > monitors, and the oldest monitor I currently own is a seven year old
> > Multiscan 17se II. I believe the adage "you get what you pay for"
> especially
> > holds true in monitors.My latest monitor is a Sony GDM F520. I doubt
> > local store will carry a quality monitor.
> >
> > Jim Snyder
> >


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