View Full Version : Best Monitors For Production, CRT, TFT, LCD ?
June 2nd, 2006, 08:29 AM
Currently I'm using a ViewSOnic UltrBrite e90f+ CRT Monitor. I'm not happy with colors.
I'm planning to buy a new one, could you please suggest me which would be better choice for VFX or 3D productions. I was looking for a Sony CRT monitor, but they r out of production.
I see lot of TFT & LCD stuff in the market, how well they suit to my kindda requirement?
I also wanna know the best n easy way to calibrate the monitor., and how effective are the Monitor calibrating too listed here .
June 12th, 2006, 03:09 PM
Very few companies make new CRT, which would be the best way to go for color/resolution, so if you can find a used Sony or a used Lacie Electron Blue CRT that would be the route I would go. In the realm of LCD's Apple makes nice displays, as well as Samsung & Lacie. I know Viewsonic has a "Pro" line of CRT's but I've never seen one so I cannot attest to their performance, probably better than your Viewsonic since it's only a consumer model, so it might be worth checking out.
June 21st, 2006, 07:05 AM
I'm with the same planning. What do you think about sony x-black lcd monitors. I don't know much about this, but they look amazing. Really sharp and good contrast.
June 21st, 2006, 07:29 AM
I've got a Sony f520 21" (crt) and its THE best monitor i've ever had (have 2 monitors). But as kuchirams said, Sony dont make them anymore which is really weird cause theres still a market for them. My other monitor is an Apple cinema display 23" and im really in love with it, still not as good as the Sony but im a design freak and i really like apples design.
Not sure that helped in anyway but if i were you i'd go to the "store" and see em in action. Do a very color intense animation of what ever and tell the guys @ the store to plug "this" cd/dvd into the dvd-rom and play it. If it looks good @ the store, it will look even better when you calibrate it!
June 28th, 2006, 11:39 AM
I have a brand new NEC Mitsubishi 2070SB that I'm selling on ebay...
I researched it for awhile....supposed to be one of the best on the market.
It's a 22" Flat Screen CRT....
July 1st, 2006, 01:15 PM
Formac TFT monitors are the best spec.
July 2nd, 2006, 11:46 AM
definately crt's.. lcd's still don't come anywhere close to crt quality, unless you're willing to spend a LOT of money. That said, not all crt's are that good :) Look for sony trinitron tubes, the f520's and g520's are great.. those sony 24 wide crt's are awesome, but hard to find..
We have a few hp p1130's and some dell ones which have the same tube as sony's.. I have a compaq at home with the same tube and it's great.. mitsubishi's are said to be quite good as well.
I think most of the time it's not about the monitor itself but how it's setup.. Calibration is VERY important, any of the above monitors will look like crap if their settings aren't adjusted every once in a while.
July 3rd, 2006, 08:54 AM
those sony 24 wide crt's are awesome, but hard to find..
I'm sitting in front of one of them at the moment, and you're right, they are awsome....
When calibrated, CRTs are pretty much the best that you can get, although do be aware that they lose their calibration subtly when switched off.... CRTs also have the highest dynamic range of currently available monitors, I believe....
July 3rd, 2006, 02:13 PM
you're right.. properly calibrated crt's have a contrast ratio of about 2200:1, as opposed to 500:1 on some lcd monitors.
The good news is that new stuff is on the way that will properly replace crt's! :)
July 3rd, 2006, 02:32 PM
oooh - interesting - would be good to see what they're coming up with on that....
July 3rd, 2006, 03:23 PM
there's this old dude here at framestore who knows everything about monitors! had a great talk with on last saturday about them.. Apparently they're doing it right with these SED's.. He said they've been able to get contrast ratios of 100,000:1 on them, which is just crazy. And from the diagrams on canon's website, it looks like it should work just like crt's, or even better, as it'll avoid every major technical disadvantage of having a cannon shooting precisely into tiny tiny spots a million times a second.. I have always wondered how armys didn't get their filthy hands onto tv sets.
July 3rd, 2006, 04:10 PM
wow - thats pretty impressive! Not sure I'll want to see the price tag on those, but here's hoping wherever I'm working at the time buys them for all the lighters and compers!