Is it possible to borrow a calibration tool in the UK?


sebas77

Link Posted 04/07/2012 - 18:09
Hello,

I have a wide gamut monitor, but I need to calibrate. Honestly buying a calibration tool would be a killer, do you know if it is possible to rent it somehow? Thank you

greynolds999

Link Posted 05/07/2012 - 10:51
Buy a used one on eBay and sell it back on. Often cheaper than renting!
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sebas77

Link Posted 05/07/2012 - 12:16
great, any suggestion?

greynolds999

Link Posted 05/07/2012 - 13:04
Do a search for Spyder. I don't know much about them but if you go to their website they should be able to tell you what's what.

Obviously you will need to check the details to make sure everything is working and included.

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bforbes

Link Posted 05/07/2012 - 13:24
I've used a Spyder and it's dead easy to set up and use.
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beakynet

Link Posted 05/07/2012 - 13:39
PANTONE hueyPRO or huey is also OK, but does not tests as many colours during the callibration as the Spyder does.

It is worth bearing in mind that colour can drift, even on LED monitors and that they should be callibrated every few months. Though a one off callibration will make a huge difference.

If you are using Windows 7, it might be worth considering a manual callibration.
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JohnX

Link Posted 05/07/2012 - 17:42
beakynet wrote:
PANTONE hueyPRO or huey is also OK, but does not tests as many colours during the callibration as the Spyder does.

It is worth bearing in mind that colour can drift, even on LED monitors and that they should be callibrated every few months. Though a one off callibration will make a huge difference.

If you are using Windows 7, it might be worth considering a manual callibration.

I used a hueyPRO on a backlit LCD screen. Couldn't get rid of a nasty green colour cast; apparently well known for this. Returned the device.
Last Edited by JohnX on 05/07/2012 - 17:42

tyronet2000

Link Posted 05/07/2012 - 18:09
Our club has bought the Spyder, there is a small deposit and you have it for the week. I must remember to join the queue. I had a pantone huey but it wasn't that brilliant ( probably me ) and I managed to re-sell it on ebay so it cost me nothing.
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MattMatic

Link Posted 06/07/2012 - 09:32
FWIW, the Pantone Huey is much faster than the Spyder. But a friend had serious issues with the Pantone software (it wouldn't calibrate his laptop LCD and gave a nasty hue)... I installed dispcalGui & arygllCMS and all was well with the Huey

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mera

Link Posted 07/07/2012 - 00:29
If you buy an old colorimeter please make sure it is a model that can cope with wide gamut displays. I used to use an Xrite DTP94, but it was no use with a new wide gamut monitor I bought as the colorimeter filters were not designed for the wider spectrum. I ended up buying a Colormunki spectrophotometer which does not suffer from these issues. I think later Spyders may be wide-gamut friendly.
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