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by Brian Stirling on Thu Nov 18, 2021 2:34 pm
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My current monitor is a 5 year old BenQ 32 inch 4K display and it's really just about the ideal size for me, but what are the best options for a 32 inch 4K monitor for image and video editing of the current generation?  I'm not that inclined to shell out absurd money for something with an Apple logo on it but maybe something a step above the generic 4K monitors -- something with good color depth and consistency.  

So, what are others using in this range?

Oh, I should mention, I am planning on getting one of the new MacBook models so being compatible with a MacBook of the M1 variety, which shouldn't be an issue these days, but I mention it just for clarity.  


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by ChrisRoss on Sun Nov 21, 2021 1:44 am
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The new version of the BenQ 32" - SW321C is reported to be very good with full Adobe RGB coverage, uniformity corrected etc. Apart from the BenQ there is not much in the way of truly colour accurate 32"monitors. You could go for the Eizo 31" 1.9:1 monitor which is a wider format than 16:9, but double the price NEC has effectively exited the high end monitor market - at least in Australia, our local supplier stopped stocking them when they downgraded their dead pixel warranty apparently as they were having QC problems.
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by E.J. Peiker on Sun Nov 21, 2021 6:56 am
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ASUS now makes a high end color accurate monitor but it is also in the $5K range:
https://www.asus.com/us/Displays-Desktops/Monitors/ProArt/ProArt-Display-PA32UCX-PK/
 

by Bill Chambers on Mon Nov 22, 2021 3:21 pm
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ChrisRoss wrote:
NEC has effectively exited the high end monitor market - at least in Australia, our local supplier stopped stocking them when they downgraded their dead pixel warranty apparently as they were having QC problems.


Wow, is this true for the USA market as well?  E.J., or any other US shooter, can you reply?
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by Neil Vanderwolf on Mon Nov 22, 2021 6:31 pm
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I've been very happy with the Lenovo ThinkVision P32u-10 I bought last year. The only issue I take with it is the OSD, it's adequate but reminds me of the controls on a monitor from the 1990's! I am not an Apple person but it does have dual Thunderbolt 3 ports so I assume that would work with your MacBook...

I just re-calibrated my screen today with my Spyder 5 Pro+ and got the following results:

100% sRGB
100% Adobe RGB
96% P3
99% NTSC

The best part for me was the price, which is even less now, $719US at B&H currently.
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by E.J. Peiker on Tue Nov 23, 2021 10:33 am
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Bill Chambers wrote:
ChrisRoss wrote:
NEC has effectively exited the high end monitor market - at least in Australia, our local supplier stopped stocking them when they downgraded their dead pixel warranty apparently as they were having QC problems.


Wow, is this true for the USA market as well?  E.J., or any other US shooter, can you reply?


They have combined with Sharp but they still make the high end Spectraview monitors - nothing has changed in that regard except the name.  Here are the two models in your size range that they offer:
https://www.sharpnecdisplays.us/products/displays/pa311d-bk-sv
https://www.sharpnecdisplays.us/products/displays/pa311d-bk
 

by Scott Fairbairn on Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:23 am
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Are these monitors any good for photography??
https://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-49-inch-Odyssey-FreeSync-LC49G95TSSNXZA/dp/B088HH6LW5/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Samsung%2BOdyssey%2BG9&qid=1637684392&qsid=139-1690998-4154633&sr=8-2&sres=B088HH6LW5%2CB08JN7T3DD%2CB08KQH5F1K%2CB088HHZBGJ%2CB08FF3HDW5%2CB07CS4KF7J%2CB0959D7XDM%2CB096N2MV3H%2CB07WDLV344%2CB07ZS1DZM1%2CB08V71HXY3%2CB07WXZDCC9%2CB07CS3JGPC%2CB07TD94TQF%2CB07FBS36W2%2CB07KMQT7DB&srpt=MONITOR&th=1
 

by E.J. Peiker on Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:50 am
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Scott Fairbairn wrote:

Those are designed for immersive gaming.  They are all about super fast refresh rates not necessarily critical color accuracy or wide gamuts but I'm sure they could work especially if you do a lot of wide panos.
 

by Bill Chambers on Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:33 pm
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E.J. Peiker wrote:
Bill Chambers wrote:
Wow, is this true for the USA market as well?  E.J., or any other US shooter, can you reply?


They have combined with Sharp but they still make the high end Spectraview monitors - nothing has changed in that regard except the name.  Here are the two models in your size range that they offer:
https://www.sharpnecdisplays.us/products/displays/pa311d-bk-sv
https://www.sharpnecdisplays.us/products/displays/pa311d-bk


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by Brian Stirling on Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:54 pm
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I don't think I'll be shelling out north of $4K for a 32 inch 4K monitor anytime soon.

I'm waiting for the next version of the Sony A7r series which should be the A7r V. Since I shoot a lot of video these days the 4K30 limit of the A7r IV is not quite there. The 61MP sensor is fine and going much higher than that would be a waste with almost all lenses limiting the effective resolution. With the Nikon D800E I had, which was 36MP, I found that stopping down below f/7.1 would reduce detail from diffraction -- opening up to about f/4 would pretty much eliminate diffraction issues but the reduced DOF would limit detail for landscape.

So, I'll try and nurse my current monitor along as long as I can and hope that the prices come down for good 32 inch class monitors at some point.

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by Brian Stirling on Wed Nov 24, 2021 5:17 pm
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E.J. Peiker wrote:
Scott Fairbairn wrote:

Those are designed for immersive gaming.  They are all about super fast refresh rates not necessarily critical color accuracy or wide gamuts but I'm sure they could work especially if you do a lot of wide panos.


I'm not a gamer and the aspect ratio is not to my liking anyway.  They are almost all limited to 1440P vertical resolution and the more typical 16:9 monitors are a better fit for image and video work.


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by Neil Vanderwolf on Wed Nov 24, 2021 9:23 pm
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Brian Stirling wrote:
I don't think I'll be shelling out north of $4K for a 32 inch 4K monitor anytime soon.  

I'm waiting for the next version of the Sony A7r series which should be the A7r V.  Since I shoot a lot of video these days the 4K30 limit of the A7r IV is not quite there.  The 61MP sensor is fine and going much higher than that would be a waste with almost all lenses limiting the effective resolution.  With the Nikon D800E I had, which was 36MP, I found that stopping down below f/7.1 would reduce detail from diffraction -- opening up to about f/4 would pretty much eliminate diffraction issues but the reduced DOF would limit detail for landscape.

So, I'll try and nurse my current monitor along as long as I can and hope that the prices come down for good 32 inch class monitors at some point.

Brian



I am curious to know if you read my post above, in cased you missed it the monitor I was speaking of was $719US...
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by adamsti on Thu Nov 25, 2021 12:02 pm
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Using the BenQ 32" - SW321C. I love it. Had to return the first one via Amazon when it had a solid line down the middle of it. Second one arrived and it has been perfect. I don't consider $1,999 cheap though. It is the most I have ever spent on a monitor.
 

by Brian Stirling on Fri Dec 03, 2021 7:05 pm
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Neil Vanderwolf wrote:
Brian Stirling wrote:
I don't think I'll be shelling out north of $4K for a 32 inch 4K monitor anytime soon.  

I'm waiting for the next version of the Sony A7r series which should be the A7r V.  Since I shoot a lot of video these days the 4K30 limit of the A7r IV is not quite there.  The 61MP sensor is fine and going much higher than that would be a waste with almost all lenses limiting the effective resolution.  With the Nikon D800E I had, which was 36MP, I found that stopping down below f/7.1 would reduce detail from diffraction -- opening up to about f/4 would pretty much eliminate diffraction issues but the reduced DOF would limit detail for landscape.

So, I'll try and nurse my current monitor along as long as I can and hope that the prices come down for good 32 inch class monitors at some point.

Brian



I am curious to know if you read my post above, in cased you missed it the monitor I was speaking of was $719US...


Apologize for a delayed response...

My comment about not shelling out $4K wasn't in response to your post and there are other more reasonably priced 32 inch class 4K monitors that might fit my price range.


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