Regarding recommendations for monitors: West Coast Imaging is a digital printing service bureau located close to Yosemite. Owned and operated by Rich Seiling. They print for many top landscape photographers.
On his blog, he has reported on his testing of an NEC 2690WUXI. Before he received it, he was very enthusiastic about its specs and thought it might be the be-all, end-all of monitors. His conclusion was that while it measures a wider gamut, in the real world, it makes little or no difference. He also had problems getting, in his words, "a perfect one". Had to get 5 replacements before he had one that didn't have dropped pixels, backlight bleeding, etc.
He says this prompted him to go try a new (or recent) Apple Cinema 23" at about half the cost of the 26" NEC. He reported that the Apple was as accurate as the NEC and the NEC offered no visual advantage.
Here's the link:http://westcoastimaging.blogspot.com/2007/...ma-display.html