I read somewhere that a monitor that is older than 3 years cannot be successfully calibrated with a color management hardware device. Is this really true??
We use a Mitsubishi Diamond Plus 7 CRT that is about 7 years old. It displays photos very nicely, but I have no way of telling if it is displaying the colors accurately or not. In the past we have just given it the "ole eyeball method" with adobe gamma. The printed photos (Epson R1800) seem to match with what we see on the screen.
Would buying a color management device be a waste of money?
If the CRT is operating properly, it is not true. CRTs are better rated by the runtime. Years can be a very subjective measurement of age. A typical CRT system is good for 10,000-12,000 hours of use.
The older the monitor the harder it has to be driven to dislpay the same level of brightness until it just dies. Actually, calibrating an older monitor may extend its life as it is in all likelyhood being run too bright to begin with.
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It is good to know that there might be some life left in our CRT monitor!
Out of that maximum 10,000 to 12,000 hours of use, do you think there is a point where a color management device just wouldn't be able to calibrate it? The reason I ask is because on the Xrite site they offer the Monaco Optix XR with a 30-day money back guarantee.
Also, it is entirely possible for you to be able to acheive a sort of "closed loop" match between monitor and printer yet have neither one actually correct. Instead, you may have simply compensated for the errors in the one by setting matching mis-adjustments on the other.
You probably are right about the closed loop match. We currently use Photoshop Elements 2.0 along with Nikon View and that has made color management pretty limited for us.
I understand the bits and pieces of color management, but putting it all together has my mind a little boggled right now. All of the color management reference info I had saved online from Nikonians was wiped out when the site Crashed a couple months ago.
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I recently "volunteered" to help a police department calibrate their CRT monitor with their new Monaco system so they could stop wasting time, paper and ink on an Epson P4000 printer. When I arrived at the scene, the monitor was so old and had been left on for so long that most of the phosphors had disappeared from the center of the screen. I knew that calibration would be futile but went through the exercise anyway to make the point. Long story short, they agreed and found another not quite so old monitor that responded to calibration.
Sooner or later, you will have to abandon "Old Faithful" and move on. Then, you will have to go through the "Ole Eyeball" calibration exercise again.
I calibrate my 20 inch LCD every month or so (Monaco system) and have profiled all papers used on my Epson R800 (proofing) and Epson P4000 (gallery prints) and could never return to the eyeball calibration method.
My $0.02 worth.
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