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#1451 elansprint72

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 21:27

The day before I set orf for the Le Mans Classic my dream lens arrived- Nikon 55mm f1.2, something one could only aspire to way back then. I banged off a few rolls on the F in between the serious stuff. It will be a while before I get around to mixing the D76 and scanning-in though.

However, having attended a couple of those events at Calumet and that other place(!) I really am wondering if I should replace my monitor. They had sorts of stuff on display(;-)) which made my puny olde-skule screen look like BBC 405 lines (not, as it happens a bad thing). I'm currently viewing the forum on a screen not much larger that a fat A4 page, can anyone recommend something larger, which will not cost the earth?

 

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#1452 kayemod

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 08:28



The day before I set orf for the Le Mans Classic my dream lens arrived- Nikon 55mm f1.2, something one could only aspire to way back then. I banged off a few rolls on the F1...

 

I suspect that's not quite what you meant, unless you've obtained some kind of adapter to connect your new lens.

 

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Like you Pete, I've never had much interest in non-Nikon equipment, even though I had a Leica obsessed "no other cameras are worth serious consideration..." father, but a friend had an F1, and it's the only Canon product I've even been impressed by, solid and basic, a worthy competitor for the Nikon F & F2. I'm sure that today Canon outnumber Nikon, "consumer" versions at least, unquestionably good products, but like most of us, I stick with what I've always known, I'm in a Nikon rut, probably the same as you.



#1453 Odseybod

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 09:55

., can anyone recommend something larger, which will not cost the earth?

 

 

 

Pete, a couple of months ago, I plumped for a Samsung S24C300H 24" LED monitor.   Got the impression while shopping around that this monster size is now the norm (sounds as though my previous one was equivalent to yours in size) and I'm now used to having the extra 'load area' - actually quite handy when pratting around with Photoshop's various tabs, for example, though I'm still educating myaself to sitting a bit further back from its vast acreage.  My particular example took a little while to calibrate to my satisfaction - had a nasty magenta hue that I just couldn't get rid of, despite (because of?) the bundled software - but now seems consistently good.  I notice that inevitably, it's since been replaced by a newer (and cheaper!) model.   Hope that helps, anyway.


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#1454 elansprint72

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:36

 

I suspect that's not quite what you meant, unless you've obtained some kind of adapter to connect your new lens.

:blush: :blush: :blush:

 

Now even I have  got eff wun disease. Edited it out!

 

:blush: :blush: :blush:

 

The F1 does look like  a proper tool  (rather like myself). :smoking:



#1455 elansprint72

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:42

Pete, a couple of months ago, I plumped for a Samsung S24C300H 24" LED monitor.   Got the impression while shopping around that this monster size is now the norm (sounds as though my previous one was equivalent to yours in size) and I'm now used to having the extra 'load area' - actually quite handy when pratting around with Photoshop's various tabs, for example, though I'm still educating myaself to sitting a bit further back from its vast acreage.  My particular example took a little while to calibrate to my satisfaction - had a nasty magenta hue that I just couldn't get rid of, despite (because of?) the bundled software - but now seems consistently good.  I notice that inevitably, it's since been replaced by a newer (and cheaper!) model.   Hope that helps, anyway.

I'll check it out; one problem I'll face it there are some shelves on the wall at the rear of my desk; I'll perhaps have to lose the bottom shelf in order to allow the monitor to be further away from my beady minces. I looked, a few months ago, for monitor which was roughly the 3x2 aspect ratio of a 36x24mm image but they were all stupidly expensive "pro tools". I'm not really a fan of letter-box shaped widescreens, even for watching Coronation St.  Ooops...



#1456 kayemod

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 11:31

I'll check it out; one problem I'll face it there are some shelves on the wall at the rear of my desk; I'll perhaps have to lose the bottom shelf in order to allow the monitor to be further away from my beady minces. I looked, a few months ago, for monitor which was roughly the 3x2 aspect ratio of a 36x24mm image but they were all stupidly expensive "pro tools". I'm not really a fan of letter-box shaped widescreens, even for watching Coronation St.  Ooops...

 

I may be able to help there, a year or two ago I faced exactly the same problem, I had a very good 22" Samsung VA monitor, but it got damaged and I wanted an upgrade. Believing a magazine write-up I bought a Benq 24" VA model, and it was bloody awful, the contrast and colours were all over the place and no amount of adjustment helped. It was the worst I'd ever seen and quite useless for photo work, so I returned the thing. After a bit more research I decided it had to be an IPS panel, and decided on a Dell Supersharp, which is mindblowingly good in every way, see your work on one of these, and you wouldn't consider anything else. It's possible to pay a lot more for top quality pro items, but for even discerning amateurs like us, I can't see the point, especially if we're paying for the things. Another important point for me was that this Dell has a 16:10 ratio, probably like your existing one, I don't go for letterbox shaped screens either, I suspect that the entire market these days is slanted towards "movies" and "gaming" whatever that is, with aspect ratio and garish colours to match. My model is a 24" Dell Supersharp U2412M, and it cost almost £300, but I think I've seen them for not much over £200 on Amazon recently, it's definitely worth having even at the higher price, but I can't help or advise on any furniture problems, you might have to get your saw & screwdriver out.

 

I think I have your e-mail address, I'll scan and send you a reliable magazine review of the Dell, of which I agree with every word.



#1457 D_M_J

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 11:45

I've used Dell Ultrasharp monitors for the last 8 years or so, at home and in the studio at work, been really impressed and not had any problems.  Not looked at prices recently though, as they've lasted well!  Currently using 27" (plus second monitor), I like a lot of space  ;), but the 24" should be a good size for photography work.  A well sorted monitor does make a huge difference....

 

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 19:44

I bought a ColorMunki Smile via Ebay, about £65, it is a device which looks rather like a USB mouse which you dangle in the middle of your screen. You load the software, fill in the bits and bobs, and when you start the program it flashes up colours and hues which a receptor in the mouse measures; while this is happening the software is adjusting the output so that the colours match what is expected. It takes subjectivity out of the equation. I've probably said this somewhere before, but this sort of thread reappears on a regular basis!

 

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#1459 elansprint72

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 21:14

Thanks to all the on and off-forum responses; I conducted a poll and ordered a... a  ... Christ on a bike, what did I order? Old age, eh?

 

It is due to arrive on Tuesday (hopefully Mrs T will not be around, because this week I've ordered a new Merc Motorhome and, "accidentally", brought back a really bright red VW Polo, this evening, because she said the TT did not have enough seats- she noticed it(!) and said that I was on my final warning). If anyone can explain to me why "Wimmin" sometimes just will not understand that a chap needs hobbies, I'd like to buy him a couple of beers... doh.. another forbidden hobby........

 

"Yes Dear, I'm coming right along with your medication.. by the way did you see the House of Lords debate on assisted end of life decisions today..........?"  :smoking:



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#1460 elansprint72

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 19:06

Well; the marvels of Amazon- it arrived today (Sunday); I managed to hide the packaging and the old monitor and 'erslf so far, has not noticed- she even commented on how good one of my photos was, whilst looking at the big screen!

 

The Dell Ultrasharp 24 seems to be what I ordered; first impressions are extremely favourable. Thanks to all who gave advice. :clap:



#1461 elansprint72

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 19:18

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It really is much easier when you can see what you are looking at! :smoking:


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