Originally Posted by aKa DaShiznit
Quick question reguarding Calibration...I have a friend that does it for Best Buy and will pretty much do it for free. Is this ok or is it nothing like an ISF certified person or whatever? I'm willing to pay the money if a real pro is gonna do something different and better than a dude from Best Buy. I don't wanna insult my friend and ask him if he's good and I know he'll pay extra attention to my set but I just wonder is Best Buy's service the same?
I don't think you can make any statements/judgements one way or the other about calibrations from Best Buy being poor or good - I've seen examples of both.
You also can't make any judgements about someone who is ISF trained automatically being better than someone doing calibrations for BB. I'dsay there's a better chance of an independent calibrator being better than a BB calibrator, but there are enough exceptions on both sides that it would be a mistake to say you're always going to do better one way or the other.
Something else to consider... there are ISF calibrators who use the same equipment the BB calibrators use. But there are ISF calibrators who use meters that are significantly better (and more expensive) than the equipment used by many (probably most) calibrators. When you get into the Konica-Minolta CS-200 and the Photo Research PR-650 or higher, you are at $10,000 or more just for the meter.
I also wouldn't necessarily use the number of calibrations performed per year as an indicator of much of anything - it may be iteresing, but, alone it really doesn't tell you much. And... if someone HAS calibrated 300 displays in a year... there could have been 300 different models. It's possible he never did the same model 2 times. Not likely, but possible.
There's no one way to know for sure you're going to get the best possible calibration in advance. I wish I could offer something that would remove the mystery, but today there just isn't anything.
For the Panasonics in this thread, you could ask a calibrator if he will be able to make the primaries and secondaries accurate. If he says yes... well, he's not familiar with these panel because there are no adjustments available to make the primaries and secondaries accurate. And Cinema mode produces the best images on these panels, so you could ask him if he calibrates these panels in Standard, Custom, or Cinema mode and if he says something other than Cinema, that might raise a flag. You could ask if he makes measurements while in service menu mode... if he says yes... that's wrong because these panels measure very differently in service menu mode versus in nomal user menu mode so you have to measure in user mode and make setting changes in service menu mode. Making measurements while in the service menu won't get you a good calibration for these panels. Though there is an exception... some calibrtors may measure "offsets" between user mode and service menu mode and apply those offsets so the service menu measurements are accurate - it's a pain to do manually, but 1 or 2 software packages allow you to set this up to make it easier to calibrate without having to enter and leave the service menu so many times.