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The DSLR Field Guide by Michael Freeman

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Monitor Types

If undertaking serious post-production work on your images, it’s essential that you give serious thought to the type and quality of your monitor. The monitor is the primary interface between your image data and how it will eventually appear in print or on-screen. Spare no expense on it.

The four main decisions are size, brand, and model, and whether cathode-ray or active-matrix LCD (also known as TFT).

CRT (cathode-ray tube) monitors follow the traditional television design, with electron guns at the back of the tube firing toward the inside of the phosphor-coated screen. This is tried-and-tested technology, not particularly expensive, but the necessary depth of the tube makes the monitors bulky—and large displays, such as 20in, ...

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