Originally Posted by D-Nice
You cannot adjust the gamma by eye. You MUST use a meter to adjust the gamma.
Second, you are NOT suppose to see everything in the shadows.
I can't help you with any of this because you are eyeballing your settings.
I understand that not everything in the dark portions of the picture should be visible, but I'm very familiar with that scene from Sweeney Todd that I posted pics of and I'm certain that I should be seeing more than what I am getting.
I know you take the hard line on the need for measurements to properly calibrate a panel, and I respect that. But I've read through hundreds of posts for the 600M and it is almost unanimous that the "proper" gamma setting is 2 and brightness settings range from +1 to +3. I can understand that adjusting the 9 point gamma would require a meter, but when dealing with the 5 presets, what would a meter tell you that you don't already know? In other words, have you ever calibrated a 600M that required a gamma setting other than preset 2 and brightness of 1-3?
Well, anyway, I thought that I had found the answer to my poor shadow detail, but it turned out to make no difference. The "black level" setting in my prepro was set to 0 IRE, when it should have been 7.5 IRE. I made the switch, which I expected to lift the black level, but nada, nothin', no change.
Speaking of "black level" settings. In the pro adjust menu of the 600M, there is an option to turn the "black level" on or off. Is this the 0 / 7.5 IRE setting? If so, it does nothing when I turn it on or off. Shouldn't it have some visible effect on the black level / shadow detail?