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[filmscanners] Re: OT: Choosing a high End CRT



On Wed, 27 Feb 2002 12:20:18 -0700  Bill Fernandez
(bill_sub@billfernandez.com) wrote:

> I have a Mitsubishi 2040U (replaced by the 2060U) and a Sony GDM
> F500R, both 21" monitors, sitting next to each other.  Both have
> aperture grill CRTs.
>
> They both calibrate & profile nicely with OptiCal and the Monitor Spyder.
>
> But the Sony is very fuzzy (even at only 1280 x 1024)  while the
> Mitsubishi is very sharp even at 1920 x 1440 (the highest my card
> goes).

The Sony G500 was a bit of a turkey with a great deal of sample variation -
do a web search and you'll find wildly conflicting user reports and
reviews, about half complaining how fuzzy it is and half saying 'wow, it's
so sharp'. I recently saw a UK advertiser selling G500's for 275GBP, and
did a bit of research before not buying one.

The G520 allegedly fixes whatever they got wrong in the G500, but costs
lots. I bought a G420 19" FST in the end and it's delightful at 1600x1200,
razor sharp right to the corners and after a little tweaking geometry is
faultless. It's probably the best upgrade I've ever made, in terms of being
able to actually see what I am doing.

I think Sony have 'done a Nikon' to an extent, diluting brand values by
punting out low-mid market ranges which are actually not as good as the
competition and relatively expensive. But the higher spec 'G' monitors are
still excellent and IMO worth the money. Apart from that unfortunate '500.

Regards

Tony Sleep
http://www.halftone.co.uk - Online portfolio & exhibit; + film scanner info
& comparisons
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