11 Replies Latest reply on Sep 3, 2017 11:29 PM by NB, colourmanagement

    Monitor Calibration

    superdodoz2015 Level 1

      Hi everyone, I'm a first year graphics design student and was planning to buy a monitor calibration. I will use mostly in graphics design, photo and video editing. i Just want to know what you are using and what you are going to recommend to start with. Thanks.

        • 1. Re: Monitor Calibration
          NB, colourmanagement Adobe Community Professional

          Hi,

           

          I reckon a decent starting point at an entry level cost would be the Datacolor Spyder 5, I've seen good resilts with those, especially when the Soyder 5 colorimeter is used with a subsequent upgrade to my favourite display software "basICColor display".

          so that's my recommendation. Do it in 2 stages over time.

           

          At a slightly higher price the XRite i1 display pro is worth a look As I am sure many will point out.

          Again I prefer to run the colorimeter with basICColor software.

           

          if you are in Europe and contact me directly I can give you a -20% discount code for the spyder.

           

          I hope that helps, please mark as helpful if so

          if youre OK now, please mark as answered so others can see theres useful info in this thread.

           

          best of luck

          neil barstow

          colourmanagement

          • 2. Re: Monitor Calibration
            D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            The Spyder is fine. Note that Spyders have a somewhat bad reputation, which stems from many years back with the Spyder 2, which really was bad. Since then they have tightened up their operation and the new models are very good.

             

            That said, the i1 Display Pro is generally regarded the best sensor, with excellent inter-unit consistency, and the whole package is worth the price for the sensor alone.

             

            Stay away from the Spyder Express edition. The software is severely crippled, with only single display support, and limited options for tuning the calibration parameters. You'll want to do that when you get some experience.

             

            Long term, you may want to look at high-end monitors with fully integrated calibration software (NEC Spectraview and Eizo Colornavigator). These open up a whole new world and run rings around third-party calibrators, both in ultimate quality and practical use. Both support Spyder and x-rite sensors.

            • 3. Re: Monitor Calibration
              thedigitaldog MVP & Adobe Community Professional

              I'd avoid anything Spyder:

              http://forum.luminous-landscape.com/index.php?topic=103094.msg845726#msg845726

              The higher the reported dE, the worse the unit preformed. So you'll see two Spyder's (newest models) were 9.9 and 7.2 which is pretty awful. The X-rite products were 1.4 and as low as 0.8!

              • 4. Re: Monitor Calibration
                D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                In all fairness, the white point accuracy isn't critical - you'll adjust that visually anyway, right? D65 may not give you a very good match to paper white, whatever the sensor returns. Much more important is how accurately the primaries are placed relative to that white point. That has a direct impact on how colors are actually reproduced.

                 

                Not that I have any particular views on the Spyders (I use the i1 myself) - but that test is pretty limited in scope.

                • 5. Re: Monitor Calibration
                  thedigitaldog MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                  The dE errors across the board are quite fair. The Spyder products are far from best in class or in conforming to the same product measurements over samples. Not good. If you have one, it's better than a stick in the eye. If you're looking for a good instrument, it's not the one to consider by a long shot.

                  • 6. Re: Monitor Calibration
                    D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                    Poor consistency from unit to unit is not a good sign, agreed.

                    • 7. Re: Monitor Calibration
                      NB, colourmanagement Adobe Community Professional

                      Hi DFosse,

                       

                      The best sensor? I'd say that's the basICColor DISCUS.

                      It has pro level pricing though.

                       

                      DISCUS was a selected by high end proofing company gmg for their softproofing system, which has to say a lot.

                       

                      "Proven Stability: Using premium coated optical glass filters, and combination with sensors offering high inter-instrument agreement, the DISCUS guarantees long life stability.

                      Each device is individually calibrated and can also be recertified. This provides peace of mind that the measurements and results achieve the highest possible standard."

                      "Lab-grade Precision: The DISCUS is the only competitive device offering a temperature sensor, which combined with unique circuitry, compensates for device warming that occurs during the course of repeated measurements. The device maintains perfect reference to absolute black and insures accuracy in the shadow region measurements."

                       

                      more here:

                      basICColor DISCUS highly accurate measurement sensor for display system calibration |  colourmanagement.net

                       

                       

                      thanks

                      neil barstow, colourmanagement

                       

                      • 8. Re: Monitor Calibration
                        D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                        https://forums.adobe.com/people/NB%2C+colourmanagement  wrote

                         

                        The best sensor? I'd say that's the basICColor DISCUS

                         

                        Oh, absolutely, no argument. A tad expensive, though, at nearly 1000 euro (roughly $1200)...that takes you two-thirds of the way towards an Eizo CG247, which BTW has a very good internal sensor (made by Konica Minolta IIRC), with an excellent display thrown in for good measure

                        • 9. Re: Monitor Calibration
                          NB, colourmanagement Adobe Community Professional

                          Hey D Fosse,

                          yes DISCUS is expensive I agree.

                          The glass filters and temperature sensor, development and build quality for a small market device are likely to blame.

                          Nice that it's out there though, also that Eizo support it as an instrument in Colordege.

                           

                          have a good week

                           

                          thanks

                          neil barstow, colourmanagement

                          • 10. Re: Monitor Calibration
                            jdanek Level 4

                            I would like to know what type of monitor and computer you are using?

                            • 11. Re: Monitor Calibration
                              NB, colourmanagement Adobe Community Professional

                              Hi Jdanek,

                               

                              I am using Macs, mainly a macbook and an iMac, I have an Eizo Coloredge connected - as those screens have a high level of accuracy when calibrated. Also good uniformity.