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Old Dec 13, 2002, 12:18 PM   #1
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This is a bit off topic but does anyone know of a good site that discusses flat panel monitors?
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Old Dec 13, 2002, 12:33 PM   #2
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Try Tom's hardware guide:

http://www.tomshardware.com/

Hopes this helps.
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Old Dec 13, 2002, 5:53 PM   #3
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Both lcd's and plasmas have to incorporate a lot of correction in their designs to achieve reasonable colour rendition. Time lag and viewing angle have been problems in lcd's, low light greyscale, peak white clip and moire has been an issue in plasmas.

If you're thinking of choosing a flat panel for colour matching, I don't think the technology is there yet. But as a portable display for framing, the lcd wins on low power.
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Old Dec 15, 2002, 10:49 PM   #4
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If LCD monitors are not yet good enough for photo work why did Apple abandon CRTs and go with LCDs all the way? Did they make a big mistake? I assume there must be some LCDs out there good enough, perhaps those with 500:1 or higher contrast ratios.
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Contrast ratio isn't the only important criteria. Throw in colorimetry gamut and everything else. If I was a pc manufacturer, hitting a general use pc graphics, CAD and games market with a demand for larger screens- sure I'd look at reducing my shipping costs by selling flat panel.

This is an early market where flat panel has a lot of advantages. But, until affordable displays arrive that have specifications suited to the critical task of photo-editing and are in use by the photo studios as colour reference displays, I'll wait a while.

We are only just starting to get digicam to come close to film, I wouldn't want yet another emerging digital technology variable in the quality standard chain.
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Old Dec 16, 2002, 9:16 AM   #6
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well, maybe I'll stick with my CRT a little longer, but I sure am curious how many digital photographers here use flat panel monitors for their viewing.
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Old Dec 16, 2002, 10:50 AM   #7
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Old Dec 16, 2002, 11:02 AM   #8
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Actually, I've got one in my laptop which I use as my portable photo album. I accept the limitations for showing pics, but I wouldn't edit or colour match to reality with it e.g just prior to sending a big batch of files off to the on-line shop for printing.
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When I planned to get rid of my old CRT to replace it with a TFT display, I had a look at very much TFTs of different brands.
I finally chose a Sony X52 for the follwing reasons:

- It has a DVI connector to get best digital picture quality
- It's native resolution is 1024x768 pixels which makes it my perfect gaming TFT (a little bit off-topic, I know )
- Built quality is superb (it's a Sony!)
- Most important: It has seperate settings for background illumination, brightness and contrast (all other TFTs I found only have a brightness setting and adjust it using the background illumination). This - IMHO - makes the Sony X series probably the best TFT displays available for digital picture processing because you get very accurate levels of grey and the quality of colors is constant.
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I use two CRT monitors to edit my photos, and only use my iBook laptop to store photos out in the field and as an album too. Lat time I did photo editing on it and ported it into my desktop, with somewhat calibrated monitors, the colors were off leaning towards yellowish green. Never more. I think Apple uses LCD in most of its line (except on their eMacs) as part of their innovation campaign and to add eye candy to their products. The regular consumer doesn't do photo editing, so a flat panel is desirable over a bulky CRT, and also saves the manufacturer on shipping. When and if I get a Powermac to replace my current PC I will retain my two CRT monitors and wait for the day a real replacement comes for CRT's Maybe OLED displays or something else?
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