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    Hello to the all retouchers outhere!
    I'm Silvia and I'm an Italian pro photographer. Recently I bought a mac book pro and now my desire is to connect it with a good monitor for retouching.
    I really don't know where to begin for choosing: in the range of price 500-1000 dollars what would you recommend, considering that I'm retouching but never doing the pre-press part? I know Eizo as brand but I don't know if there are other ones with a good ratio between quality/price.
    Thanks in advance for your recommendations.
    Silvia

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    Re: Suggestions for a good monitor for retouching

    Eizo and NEC Spectraview both get lots of good mentions here.
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    • #3
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      NEC costs less, and all in spectraview series are good as far as I've heard.

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      • #4
        Re: Suggestions for a good monitor for retouching

        Thanks to both for the answers! :-)
        Silvia

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        • #5
          Re: Suggestions for a good monitor for retouching

          Eizo, but a bit above your budget.

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          • #6
            Re: Suggestions for a good monitor for retouching

            I've seen the Eizo CS240 on budget. For sure it's the entry level version in the respect of the bigger brothers of the color edge series.... do you think this could be a good comprimise quality/price?
            Thanks in advance
            Silvia

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            • #7
              Re: Suggestions for a good monitor for retouching

              Don't go crazy about Eizo, because NEC truly is just as good. You won't notice the big difference in color, but you will in resolution and size!

              This NEC has much better resolution, and comes with a calibrator at the exact same price. But calibrator really is a gimmick, EIZOs are EXTREMELY stable, and so are NECs.
              http://www.necdisplay.com/p/desktop-...ea274wmi-bk-sv

              I use a Cinema Display, which is a crap monitor compared to this NEC and I still love it. You get what you pay for, true bliss is at 2500+ mark. But all all these ARE EXCELLENT. Just don't go color crazy, because all these really are accurate enough.
              Last edited by skoobey; 06-17-2015, 05:57 AM.

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              • #8
                Re: Suggestions for a good monitor for retouching

                Hey skoobey! Thanks for your recommendations. What does gimmick word mean? Sorry I can't speak English well enough to understand if it's a positive or a negative word! ;-) A synonimous would be what? Thanks! Silvia

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                • #9
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                  Not familiar with the NECs, but I have worked with three Eizos over time. You're right, the budget Eizos are good. I am shopping for one of the new Coloredge models that self calibrate, which I think is pretty cool, since I'm too lazy to do it myself. But that adds a lot to the price.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Suggestions for a good monitor for retouching

                    Another vote for Eizo. The self calibrators are great for retouching.

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                    • #11
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                      You can't make a mistake here, both NEC and EIZO are good (God damn it I speak Russian and German, some Spanish, but no Italian )

                      Eizo gives you more accurate color, and 5 year warrantee.
                      NEC gives you more resolution and bigger display.
                      For the same amount of cash.

                      Same money.
                      NEC=2560x1440, 27", IPS, calibrator.
                      EIZO=192x1200, 24", IPS, more accurate color(but no calibrator).
                      Color important=EIZO.
                      Resolution important=NEC.
                      NEC=color absolutely good.
                      EIZO=color absolutely good.

                      Originally posted by Repairman View Post
                      Another vote for Eizo. The self calibrators are great for retouching.
                      This is NOT what she is asking. Those monitors are much more expensive.
                      Last edited by skoobey; 06-17-2015, 02:34 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Suggestions for a good monitor for retouching

                        Both NEC and Eizo will display accurate colour (neither necessarily better) once correctly calibrated and the resulting profile used. Calibration is IMHO a necessity and far from being a gimmick

                        You should also budget for a display calibration device if looking at models that are not supplied with such.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Suggestions for a good monitor for retouching

                          Originally posted by Tony W View Post
                          Both NEC and Eizo will display accurate colour (neither necessarily better) once correctly calibrated and the resulting profile used. Calibration is IMHO a necessity and far from being a gimmick

                          You should also budget for a display calibration device if looking at models that are not supplied with such.
                          NEC comes with a calibrator.

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                            Re: Suggestions for a good monitor for retouching

                            Originally posted by skoobey View Post
                            NEC comes with a calibrator.
                            Not in the UK and by extension the rest of Europe
                            http://www.nec-display-solutions.com...EA274WMi.xhtml

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                            • #15
                              Re: Suggestions for a good monitor for retouching

                              Oh that is just evil(GOOD TO KNOW, ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT WHAT YOU'RE BUYING IS WHAT YOU WANTED TO BUY). Still, I like the options of more pixels and larger footprint..

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