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Colorvision Spyder4Pro


BillyGoatGruff e2
7 191 199 England
23 Jan 2013 6:05PM
Hi all.

Anyone got any experience of this calibration kit?
Is it any good?

I'm all ears....Grin

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keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
23 Jan 2013 6:19PM
Yes.....
BillyGoatGruff e2
7 191 199 England
23 Jan 2013 6:32PM
Care to expand on that, Keith?

It's difficult to read between the lines when your response is so characteristically succinct Wink
23 Jan 2013 6:38PM
It works, does what it says on the tin, quick and easy.
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
23 Jan 2013 6:38PM
Lol. It works, its been sold since Job was a lad and I've used it without a problem.
BillyGoatGruff e2
7 191 199 England
23 Jan 2013 6:40PM
Cool.

Thanks guys.
It's on offer at Amazon and I have a gift voucher, too.
Just needed to know if it wa a worthwhile purchase.

Cheers Grin
geffers7 e2
4 37 1 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2013 6:55PM
I've got it too Bill and it works like a dream.
Geoff
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
23 Jan 2013 7:01PM
I need a new one and will be joining you at that price.
BillyGoatGruff e2
7 191 199 England
23 Jan 2013 7:03PM
Better get my skates on then!
Or there won't be any left!

Smile
BillyGoatGruff e2
7 191 199 England
23 Jan 2013 7:11PM
Order is placed - should be here in a couple of days....
Then I'll be asking stupid questions like "which way up does it go??"...Wink

Thanks for the comments guys - just what I was after
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2013 7:21PM
Its a good bit of kit (which goes flat side down on the screen Tongue )
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
24 Jan 2013 9:11AM
Of course, the real question is "How do you know that it is actually working correctly?"

I use it to calibrate my monitors and am happy with the results. But I use two identical Dell 27" U2711 Ultrasharps and when I use the Spyder to calibrate both, they are never exactly the same in terms of tones and tints. Both are good enough for my purposes (i.e. general photoprocessing) but the fact there are slight differences means that one (or possibly both) are not quite right.

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BillyGoatGruff e2
7 191 199 England
24 Jan 2013 7:30PM
Yep, LF that's a good point.

Still,l I've spent the money now and it'll be better than not using anything except the screen's own software (Samsung).
I'm sure it'll be good enough for my needs.
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
25 Jan 2013 3:00PM

Quote:Yep, LF that's a good point.

Still,l I've spent the money now and it'll be better than not using anything except the screen's own software (Samsung).
I'm sure it'll be good enough for my needs.



Yep.

The real benefit of calibrating your screen using Spyder (or similar) is that if you process a photograph on your computer and then send it to a website (like here) or to a competition, or whatever, then anyone looking at your photograph should see something fairly similar to what you see - provided, of course, that they have also calibrated their monitor.

For example, I know that an image projected on our camera club projector will look similar to my left-hand monitor but a wee bit less like my right-hand monitor. So when processing digital images for club competitions, I do so with the image on my l-h screen and my palettes on the r-h. My printer, on the other hand, using the standard Epson profiles, produces prints pretty well identical to my r-h monitor - so if processing for a print, I reverse the use of the screens.

In reality, I suspect that the reason I do get a slight difference between the two screens is that they are getting a different mix of ambient light falling on them (although, theoretically, I thought Spyder 4 should have compensated for that. Maybe I need to position the doofur differently.
GlennH 9 1.9k 1 France
25 Jan 2013 5:00PM
The colours that are different between two calibrated monitors will theoretically be those that exceed the gamut of one or the other, or both, in which case the colour is clipped and mapped to the nearest in-gamut equivalent. At least that's the case when using programs such as Photoshop. So profiling theoretically provides consistency, but not carbon-copy consistency (it should obviously be close, in an ideal world, between two identical models). Comparing identical desktop images in Windows is one way of observing monitor colour without the added complication of the profile.

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