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    W.D. Stevens
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    Hi all,

    Sorry if this question has been done to death but I’m getting a bit over my head here. I’m looking to buy a good monitor to do film editing and colour grading (I’m early-mid career so I’m not looking at anything really pro) and I’m finally going to bite the bullet and get a colorimeter to go along with it. I was planning to use DisplayCAL to do it and was trying to wrap my head around the options I have for colorimeters. All the comparisons I can find talk about the differences in the software they come with which leads me to believe they’re all pretty much of a muchness.

    The three I’m looking at are the SpyderX Pro, Colormunki Display and i1Display Pro. I initially discounted the i1 because it’s more than twice the price of the SpyderX where I live. The Colomunki (which I’m led to believe is pretty much the same at a hardware level to the i1) is about $50 more than the SpyderX. Is this a case of go for whatever’s cheaper? I see a lot of people saying to just go for the i1 but it has features I’m not sure I need but I have been able to find what appears to be an ex-display model for about $50 more again on top of the Colormunki. I would prefer not to spend that much if any of them are going to do the job just as well.

    Any help is much appreciated!

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    #26092

    S Simeonov
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    Hi all,

    Sorry if this question has been done to death but I’m getting a bit over my head here. I’m looking to buy a good monitor to do film editing and colour grading (I’m early-mid career so I’m not looking at anything really pro) and I’m finally going to bite the bullet and get a colorimeter to go along with it. I was planning to use DisplayCAL to do it and was trying to wrap my head around the options I have for colorimeters. All the comparisons I can find talk about the differences in the software they come with which leads me to believe they’re all pretty much of a muchness.

    The three I’m looking at are the SpyderX Pro, Colormunki Display and i1Display Pro. I initially discounted the i1 because it’s more than twice the price of the SpyderX where I live. The Colomunki (which I’m led to believe is pretty much the same at a hardware level to the i1) is about $50 more than the SpyderX. Is this a case of go for whatever’s cheaper? I see a lot of people saying to just go for the i1 but it has features I’m not sure I need but I have been able to find what appears to be an ex-display model for about $50 more again on top of the Colormunki. I would prefer not to spend that much if any of them are going to do the job just as well.

    Any help is much appreciated!

    I would go for i1Display Pro, but the back up plan would be Colormunki.

    #26093

    W.D. Stevens
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    Are you able to give any reasons why one or the other? I don’t have an issue with it taking a while which I’ve heard mentioned in other comparisons. I’m trying to work out what going from a $270 device to a used $330 device is actually gaining me. I’ve heard people say things about the Spyder series but then I’ve heard other people say that the SpyderX is completely different. Because I can get that for $220 and $110 is not insignificant if the results are going to be pretty similar.

    #26094

    Patrick1978
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    The Colormunki Display (recently renamed to the i1Display Studio) and i1Display Pro are basically the same hardware, only difference is the Colormunki Display/i1Display Studio have been limited in firmware to only be able to do 1 measurement per second which will slow down the calibration/profiling process.

    The SpyderX while decent and a good improvement over previous Spyders still lags behind the i1Display colorimeters mainly in black level measurements.  So it’s measurement of things like contrast ratio is often inaccurate.

    #26095

    W.D. Stevens
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    Huh, well that’s good news and I don’t mind it taking longer. I do rendering so I’m used to setting my machine in motion and going to do something else for a bit. And I didn’t know that about the Studio, thank you! I did a quick search and the seller that had the ex-display Pro also has the Studio at about $20 more than the SpyderX so I guess I’ll probably go with that one. It may be second-hand but I’m sure it’ll get the job done just fine.

    Thanks for your help!

    #26096

    Vincent
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    SpyderX => no way. Slow, less accurate, does not support “portable” corrections (spectral type)

    i1DisplayPro vs Colormunki Display/I1display Studio? Easy:
    -Do you need fast speed for huge profiles (> 1k patches) meant to feed LUT3D creation? The pro
    -Do you plan to buy a monitor with HW calibration in the next… 5 years? The pro
    -Do you want to have those options in the near future? The pro
    Else, munki display / i1Display Studio

    REALLY, SpyderX is a NO. All of them. Last one (X) at least is supposed to do not fade, but unless you own an spectrophotometer, forget getting support for new backlight types.

    #26103

    W.D. Stevens
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    Okay, good to strike off the SpyderX. I don’t need the first one and the kinds of monitors that have hardware calibration are out of my price range for the foreseeable future. So that confirms the Studio, I guess. Thanks!

    #26105

    Vincent
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    Okay, good to strike off the SpyderX. I don’t need the first one and the kinds of monitors that have hardware calibration are out of my price range for the foreseeable future. So that confirms the Studio, I guess. Thanks!

    Their prices start right now at 600 euros (reliable ones, like Eizo CS 24″ ) and 450 euros (unreliable ones, like Benq SW 24″) for widegamuts.
    Or 350-400 euro range for some sRGB like displays like some 24-27″ viewsonics or EA 24″ from NEC.

    Maybe they can be in your price range right now or in near future, IDNK your particular situation.

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