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Livingski

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2010 27" iMac - rookie question
« on: May 05, 2011, 12:25:23 AM »

I am new to colour management and have spend the last few hours reading online, through various threads in this forum, and as you can expect, my head hurts.

So is my 2010 27" iMac a standard a standard or wide gamut display? Can this iMac be calibrated as I have read conflicting things?

Based on what I want to spend, it looks like a Spider 3, X-rite Eye-One Display 2, or try to find the X-rite DTP-94. The X-rite ColorMunki is pretty expensive in Canada and unfortunately some of the discounts apply to only the U.S.

I use labs to print my photos and a few lenses are higher on the need right now than another monitor and/or printer and although I wish I could get all, I can't.

Another topic that pops up is software: Chroma, Argyll CMS profiler, etc.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, what would be the top 2 choices for a 2010 iMac?

Thanks.

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Re: 2010 27" iMac - rookie question
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2011, 05:44:56 AM »

iMac 27" is a normal gamut display, but it has pseudo-white LED backlight, that is as difficult to measure for common colorimeters as wide gamut displays. I'd buy the least expansive sensor, download ArgyllCMS + DispcalGUI, and borrow the spectro (CM or i1pro) to create correction matrix for the sensor+iMac spectra combination.
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Re: 2010 27" iMac - rookie question
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2011, 02:15:35 PM »

Thanks a lot for answering. I appreciate it.
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Re: 2010 27" iMac - rookie question
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2011, 10:57:11 PM »

If you have access to a i1Pro, you can perform the combined calibration mentioned above. If not, your best bet is the Spyder 3. Our recent evaluations of monitor measurement hardware - also discussed in this thread - shows the Spyder 3 as the colorimeter most capable with LED-lit screens.

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Re: 2010 27" iMac - rookie question
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2011, 01:50:04 AM »

Thanks, one last question. I am nervous about the putting a suction cup on the monitor, is it better to use the counter weighted method or am I just being paranoid?

Thanks again.
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Re: 2010 27" iMac - rookie question
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2011, 05:36:27 AM »

I always use counter weight method.
Angle the screen and clean.

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Re: 2010 27" iMac - rookie question
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2011, 08:02:43 AM »

The suction cup was really for crt monitors.
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Re: 2010 27" iMac - rookie question
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2011, 01:21:25 PM »

Someone with more experience may correct this, but my understanding is that your should NEVER use suction cups on an LCD screen.  I have two NEC monitors, and each goes out of its way to warn against the use of suction cups when profiling.

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Re: 2010 27" iMac - rookie question
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2011, 02:18:26 PM »

Someone with more experience may correct this, but my understanding is that your should NEVER use suction cups on an LCD screen.  I have two NEC monitors, and each goes out of its way to warn against the use of suction cups when profiling.
Yes! Unless you want to peel apart the layers of your monitor, keep suction cups away from LCD screens.

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Re: 2010 27" iMac - rookie question
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2011, 03:49:02 PM »

the exception being the 27" iMac which has a magnetically attached front glass piece over the actual LCD panel itself.

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Re: 2010 27" iMac - rookie question
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2011, 05:21:16 PM »

the exception being the 27" iMac which has a magnetically attached front glass piece over the actual LCD panel itself.
In fact, to access an iMac most use a suction cup to pull the glass off the front.
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