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Old 06-18-2015, 02:10 PM
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Re: Suggestions for a good monitor for retouching

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In what way, using what testing methodology does the Eizo provide more accurate color than the comparable NEC SpectraView?
It's just that this particular model is known to have a bit stronger greens. Answer would be none.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:05 PM
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Re: Suggestions for a good monitor for retouching

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It's just that this particular model is known to have a bit stronger greens. Answer would be none.
Stronger green? You're comparing the color gamut of the two and the green primary is extended?

I'm still not sure what this has to do with color accuracy or how it's being defined.
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Old 09-20-2015, 07:37 AM
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How important is the monitor's color Gamut , the sRGB and Adobe RGB.

It seems that most monitors there have a 100% sRGB color Gamut, but I continue to come across the opinion that a retouching/photographers monitor should have at least a 95% or better Adobe RGB color Gamut.

The NEC EA274WM has a low Adobe RGB color Gamut. Does this make a difference?

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Old 09-20-2015, 08:57 AM
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How important is the monitor's color Gamut , the sRGB and Adobe RGB.
It's important if you work with a wider gamut working space then sRGB and you want to see those colors.
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Old 09-20-2015, 10:53 AM
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Re: Suggestions for a good monitor for retouching

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The NEC EA274WM has a low Adobe RGB color Gamut. Does this make a difference?
Gamut determines whether a display could reproduce a specific color. It does not determine whether it will display that color when it matches a target value. It only determines your outer boundary points.

Handling of out of gamut colors is performed at different points. Actual error values relative to a specific patch target in any kind of profiler test are partially independent of gamut. It works that way because the tests look at measured values and compares them to reference values. If something is out of gamut, it won't be exact, but good color handling may still minimize the error better than you would experience on a lower quality display.

At some point the whole Adobe RGB thing may filter down to the $199 21" displays. That won't make them any more trustworthy when it comes to reproducing intended colors.

That NEC display isn't specifically aimed at graphics users, but you should look for reviews on it. There are many reasons other than gamut that could determine whether it's a hit or a miss for your purposes.
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Old 09-21-2015, 04:53 AM
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Re: Suggestions for a good monitor for retouching

For a good analogy, look onto the automotive market. It's a fairly easy job to stuff a monster engine into any chassis but to control its power output is another story. And so, just like with the power train (wide gamut) you'll need stability, uniformity, color control, among others to harness the capabilities. You're better off with a well balanced and calibrated sRGB screen than a cheapo adobeRGB one.

I used to have a Dell U2713H which was top of the line 27 IPS with adobergb-capable LG LM270WQ3-SLA1 panel. The display came in factory calibrated, with a calibration chart and a "premium color" seal of quality. And yet, it was nowhere near perfect, in fact I could not use it for the postproduction work because it had a common "red and green blotches" issue which manifests itself in one part of the screen tinted red whereas the other one turns green. Also, the warranty did not cover that, because it lies within the display's margin of error, albeit it's clearly visible. And so - if the centre of the screen it's uniform enought, differencies on the edges don't mean a thing.

And back to a CS230 ColorEdge which is a sRGB-only display was like an upgrade. No issues, no backlight bleeding, perfectly uniform, stable, self correction every hundred hours. What more would I want for 650 USD?
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Old 09-21-2015, 05:49 AM
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Thanks for your precious feedbacks! At the end I bought the Eizo CS240 :-)
Have a nice day
Silvia
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Old 09-21-2015, 07:33 AM
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perfect choice!
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:14 AM
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Make sure what ever monitor you purchase is an "IPS" monitor, RGB LED and not el-wled, with a minimum native resolution of 1920 * 1200, 8 or 10 bit.
Most respectable brand IPS monitors are quite good.
I use a "DELL" IPS monitor and calibrate it bi-weekly with an x-rite, ColorMunki.
However EIZO CG277, LG UM95, BenQ BL2711U & Dell U3415W in the above $500 range.

In the $200 to $500 range Dell P2415Q, Dell U2415, & BenQ GW2765HT.

Don't forget that the ambient light in the room effects the results as well. Although it's nice to work in natural light, it can be challenging to not have too much ambient light affecting the screen.

Good luck and much success with your choice and work.
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