I have spend last few days, calibrating my monitor and as well monitor, which I use at my daily job. I have some extensive experience with calibration of monitors and printers in general.
Intention was to use two different monitors side by side. Home I use IBM Lenovo L220xwC and at work I use black and white medical diagnostic five megapixel 12bit monitor made by WIDE corp. IF2105MP.

Home I did first calibrate my monitor for gamma 2.2 in gray scale mode using BARCO calibration software MediCal LE. Than later I have used Xrite eye-one display 2. Xrite is using Eye-one Match 3 software. Lenovo monitor had originally huge color cast. Calibration using Match 3 solved that problem perfectly and I achieve for black and white perfectly neutral tone.
Unfortunately Match 3 was not able to calibrate both monitors, only the primary was possible. Even I used the trick described elsewhere and set WIDE b&w monitor as primary Match 3 failed (I have tried with ATI HD3650, nVidia Quadro FX 1400 and 1700 video cards). It failed from multiple reason, first was that this monitor has no direct control for adjusting brightness and contrast, secondly it failed as Match 3 ignores fact that it is a monochrome monitor and was not able to pass color part of the calibration.
For WIDE IF2105MP I had to use LumiCal calibration software which use directly built-in in light sensor of the monitor. Using this software one can set also maximal brightness (white point) and calibrate to desired curve. By default it is DICOM GSDF curve but one can design gamma 2.2 curve and calibrate monitor for it.

When using eye-one Match 3 software one can notice that desired max brightness (white point) is suggested to be 120 cd/m^2 for photo work. Surprisingly suggest white point for medical monitor and darkened room is 350 cd/m^2 This monitor is not able to produce max brightness less than 170 cd/m^2 so I have set that on my Lenovo monitor. What I have find out is that this is rather high brightness for darkened room and after 3-4 hours of work my eyes are totally tired, while when I was using 120 cd/m^2 I had no problems.

Only software which was able to calibrate both monitors and even set white and black point to the same level was BARCO Medical LE. This one of course has no ability to create color profiles (eye-one Match 3 can do that) not calibrate color casts. I had to use Lumical for setting max brightness of the WIDE IF2105MP monitor and eye-one Match 3 for correcting the color cast of Lenovo L220xwC.

What actually surprised me was that such a technologically advanced monitor as the WIDE one is not really useful for hours and hours of work with photographic images. The enormous brightness (max 650 cd/m^2) it produce is totally killing one eyes even with lighted room. I wonder why I have not noticed that when working at my job with these monitors. Must be the amount of ambient light.
Now only advantage of such a monitor is its resolution 5MP and small dot size 0.2mm. At the end I am rather happy with my Lenovo when calibrated with eye-one Display 2 for price ten time less of WIDE monitor. Before I have tried that I was dreaming how great it would be to use such a monitor (WIDE) for my photo work. It could be very nice if you work in daylight, but I do mostly in room with 60-70 lux. (also suggested by eye-one display 2 Match 3 software)

I would certainly appreciate to read your experience and opinion on this topic, please leave a comment.

1 Comment

  1. Mark Sinden
    Mon, 25. January , 2016

    The WIDE monitor is specifically designed for viewing radiographic images, which is why it has such a high brightness. For X-ray use, the ability to show “only-just-there” detail in an area which is almost totally black is very useful. However, for normal monochrome use it would be overkill.


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