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I am looking to upgrade my primary monitor. Here's the background.
I shoot lots of street portraits and print them at 20x30 and 18x24 primarily. They go into exhibits of 50 to 100 at a time, and I use Costco or Elco Color now for printing usually. I am now building a portfolio of nudes for gallery sales, and I have no experience in fine art printing.
I work 95% in Lightroom with a primary monitor to show the final shot by itself and a secondary monitor for working with files and doing things like local adjustments in LR. My primary monitor is a Viewsonic with a 1200 x 1600 resolution. I keep it reasonably tuned with an xrite device. I am generally pleased with the results I get, judging primarily by whether the output matches a gen 4 iPad.
I plan to move my ViewSonic to be the secondary file and local adjustment monitor and get a new Eizo for the finished photo look. I suffer a lot from eye strain, and I am hoping getting rid of my consumer file monitor will help with that.
I am starting my path towards learning printmaking, and want to set myself up well with the monitor. I am looking at Eizo because it appears to be reputable, and if I start bringing other devices into the mix, I will have a huge analysis paralysis moment.
On B&H, a top dog is the CG246-BK 24" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor with Integrated Measurement Device ($2,289). The best seller is ColorEdge CG223W 22" Widescreen LCD Display ($1,120).
So here are my questions:
The most serious approach seems to be the $2,000+ Eizos, using 10 bit graphic cards. I am capable in Photoshop, but I much prefer staying in LR for ease/speed of workflow, so 10 bit appears to be overkill. Is that correct?
What are the big differences between the $2,250 Eizos and the more popular $1,120 one. Will it matter to me if I stay 8-bit?
I am a PC guy with a decent Radeon graphics card. When I look at the 10-bit cards for the Eizo, the prices start at $500 and go way up from there. Will a different graphics card than the one I have make a significant difference in image quality? Why?
There is a pretty vibrant photo club scene here in Nashville, which I have never looked into. Should I join up and try to get advice and see/evaulate peoples' monitors locally, or can I get what I need without going in that direction yet?
What questions should I be asking that I am not? Unsolicited input is welcome.
Thank you for your help with so many naive questions.