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Any opinions for a good starting point for display calibration (currently have two DLP PJs, and one each of: LED LCD, CCFL LCD, Plasma) as well as camera and inkjet printer profiling? I'm not concerned with time to do a proper calibration/profile, so would I be best off with a spectro instead of a colorimeter? Not making money with any of these interests, and would like to keep the budget near $1k or under. Any advice appreciated.

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I don't know of a colorimeter that can do reflective measurements as you'd need to do for printer profiling (not that there aren't any, I just don't know if there are), and the I1Pro/Pro2 spectros with necessary licensing are $$. There is a ColorMunki spectro that is less expensive, but I'm not sure if it can be used for printer and camera profiling. To do true calibration for displays (and not just ICC profiles) you'd also need third-party software like CalMAN or ChromaPure. $1K may be a bit low.

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Maybe xrite photo pro and use freeware for display calibration? Still over my desired budget, but may be the lowest price option that does a good job?

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Greetings

A good job is relative .. frown.gif Sort of like everyone telling you they are good drivers. And we still have accidents.

I also have the Color Munki Photo spectro and it can be used for printer color calibration too. $450 tops ... but to use this on non-computer displays you need calman or something else that is compatible.

Money versus accuracy ... Obviously trading something off if you don't want to spend money.

Spectros versus Colorimeters ...

Cheap Spectros versus Expensive spectros ...

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Greetings

A good job is relative .. frown.gif Sort of like everyone telling you they are good drivers. And we still have accidents.

I also have the Color Munki Photo spectro and it can be used for printer color calibration too. $450 tops ... but to use this on non-computer displays you need calman or something else that is compatible.

Money versus accuracy ... Obviously trading something off if you don't want to spend money.

Spectros versus Colorimeters ...

Cheap Spectros versus Expensive spectros ...

Regards

So, in your opinion, would the Colormunki Photo coupled with Calman do the trick? The trick being that the average viewer would not notice any distracting color casts in video or prints? I know average viewer needs to be defined to answer this, but just work with me wink.gif

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So, in your opinion, would the Colormunki Photo coupled with Calman do the trick? The trick being that the average viewer would not notice any distracting color casts in video or prints? I know average viewer needs to be defined to answer this, but just work with me wink.gif

Yes I do believe that would be the least expensive combination of products that would allow you to calibrate all of those mediums.

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