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Nov 20, 2022 21:29:23   #
bikinkawboy Loc: north central Missouri
 
I recently picked up a computer monitor at Goodwill. The thing is super heavy and much more substantial than most ordinary monitors. Ends up it was meant to be used for design work, CAD and so on.

I’ve found that most of my photos are actually much sharper than the ordinary monitors led me to believe. I now believe what I’ve read about the Nikon 80-200 2.8 being “tack” sharp because it actually is. It captured every wrinkle, individual gray hair and liver spot on my face. Oh yeah...

I guess the moral of the story is don’t cheap out on your monitor. With a good monitor you might find that you don’t need that new super sharp lens after all.

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Nov 20, 2022 21:48:04   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
bikinkawboy wrote:
I recently picked up a computer monitor at Goodwill. The thing is super heavy and much more substantial than most ordinary monitors. Ends up it was meant to be used for design work, CAD and so on.

I’ve found that most of my photos are actually much sharper than the ordinary monitors led me to believe. I now believe what I’ve read about the Nikon 80-200 2.8 being “tack” sharp because it actually is. It captured every wrinkle, individual gray hair and liver spot on my face. Oh yeah...

I guess the moral of the story is don’t cheap out on your monitor. With a good monitor you might find that you don’t need that new super sharp lens after all.
I recently picked up a computer monitor at Goodwil... (show quote)

And how will others perceive the image on their $120 off the shelf monitor.
Same for the lenses, no one other than the photographer knows whether the lens used was $250 or $2,500.

It's all in the photographer's perception.

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Nov 21, 2022 00:16:45   #
lreisner Loc: Union,NJ
 
Longshadow wrote:
And how will others perceive the image on their $120 off the shelf monitor.
Same for the lenses, no one other than the photographer knows whether the lens used was $250 or $2,500.

It's all in the photographer's perception.


If you are processing your photos then you want a good monitor. It makes no sense to invest in high quality camera equipment then to have a low grade monitor. Fortunately these days good monitors are reasonably affordable. It is true you can't control the quantity of other people's monitors but I don't think that is the Op's point.

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Nov 21, 2022 07:42:27   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
lreisner wrote:
If you are processing your photos then you want a good monitor. It makes no sense to invest in high quality camera equipment then to have a low grade monitor. Fortunately these days good monitors are reasonably affordable. It is true you can't control the quantity of other people's monitors but I don't think that is the Op's point.

Correct.

"Perfect" matters the most to the creator. Yea, it really matters.
Well, a good majority of them.
And is relative.
(Reasonably affordable is relative also....)

People spend thousands and thousands on equipment, because it makes them feel good that they have the best. More power to them.

When I look at an image, I don't wonder if it was made with a $4,000 camera or edited on a $2,000 monitor.
I don't care. I'll look at the image and either like it or not.

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Nov 21, 2022 07:48:15   #
Xpatch Loc: New York, Antigua, GT.
 
I need a monitor with the resolution and colorspace of my camera and calibrated to match the colors correctly.

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Nov 21, 2022 08:01:59   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
Xpatch wrote:
I need a monitor with the resolution and colorspace of my camera and calibrated to match the colors correctly.

Some people want one that will show the detail in the space between two adjacent cat whiskers.

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Nov 21, 2022 08:05:31   #
BebuLamar
 
Longshadow wrote:
Some people want one that will show the detail in the space between two adjacent cat whiskers.


All monitors can show that if the photo is good. Just need to zoom in.

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Nov 21, 2022 08:07:51   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
bikinkawboy wrote:
I recently picked up a computer monitor at Goodwill. The thing is super heavy and much more substantial than most ordinary monitors. Ends up it was meant to be used for design work, CAD and so on.

I’ve found that most of my photos are actually much sharper than the ordinary monitors led me to believe. I now believe what I’ve read about the Nikon 80-200 2.8 being “tack” sharp because it actually is. It captured every wrinkle, individual gray hair and liver spot on my face. Oh yeah...

I guess the moral of the story is don’t cheap out on your monitor. With a good monitor you might find that you don’t need that new super sharp lens after all.
I recently picked up a computer monitor at Goodwil... (show quote)


Don't buy an expensive camera and use your kit lenses from your entry-level digital camera ....

Don't buy an expensive computer and use your outdated monitor ...

Don't buy an expensive camera and use an off brand battery ...

Don't buy an expensive camera and use an off brand memory card ...

The lessons of these broken ideas are demonstrated in the daily Q&A of the Main Discussion section, literally daily.

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Nov 21, 2022 08:08:24   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
BebuLamar wrote:
All monitors can show that if the photo is good. Just need to zoom in.

Amazing how that works, eh?

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Nov 21, 2022 08:37:16   #
lreisner Loc: Union,NJ
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
Don't buy an expensive camera and use your kit lenses from your entry-level digital camera ....

Don't buy an expensive computer and use your outdated monitor ...

Don't buy an expensive camera and use an off brand battery ...

Don't buy an expensive camera and use an off brand memory card ...

The lessons of these broken ideas are demonstrated in the daily Q&A of the Main Discussion section, literally daily.


Exactly 💯

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Nov 21, 2022 10:33:08   #
tcthome Loc: Keansburg , NJ
 
Xpatch wrote:
I need a monitor with the resolution and colorspace of my camera and calibrated to match the colors correctly.


Largest color space = 100% Adobe RGB you can afford & a monitor calibrator device. 9helps a lot if you print your work)

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Nov 21, 2022 11:06:30   #
User ID
 
Longshadow wrote:
Correct.

"Perfect" matters the most to the creator. Yea, it really matters.
Well, a good majority of them.
And is relative.
(Reasonably affordable is relative also....)

People spend thousands and thousands on equipment, because it makes them feel good that they have the best. More power to them.

When I look at an image, I don't wonder if it was made with a $4,000 camera or edited on a $2,000 monitor.
I don't care. I'll look at the image and either like it or not.
Correct. br br "Perfect" matters the mo... (show quote)

You are a Philistine Troglodyte, and a blasphemous violator of UHH Sacred Tradition. How can you even sleep at night ??!?!? May your boots leak !

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Nov 21, 2022 12:05:51   #
nathanweddings
 
Problem with best camera, best lens, best monitor, best computer, best memory card is not enough left for best toilet tissue.

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Nov 21, 2022 12:08:55   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
User ID wrote:
You are a Philistine Troglodyte, and a blasphemous violator of UHH Sacred Tradition. How can you even sleep at night ??!?!? May your boots leak !


It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it!

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Nov 21, 2022 12:14:00   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
nathanweddings wrote:
Problem with best camera, best lens, best monitor, best computer, best memory card is not enough left for best toilet tissue.


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