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Great info Ron and shots too!
Unfortuneatly I spent all my ZM 35/1.4 money on a 5k retina iMac ---which i really love.
Imagine opening an image in LR, and being able to instantly see the sharpness and noise levels from the full view--it's something else. Lens character is suddenly very apparent. Really can't overstate how clean and sharp an M9 image looks on the thing
Congrats on the 5k I was very tempted to get one, but unfortunately it wouldn't work for me. I'm a PC user and there seems to be some compatibility issues with windows and I need significantly more storage space than the max available. Still very tempting though.
Instead I got a Samsung UD970, 32" 4k (3840x2160). I'm exceptionally happy with it - like you say, it's really something to view an M9 image at 100%. The colors are also unbelievably good (100% sRGB, 99.5% Adobe RGB). For somebody weighing between a new lens or a high end monitor, go with the monitor - the difference between my previous setup (dual mid range 1920x1200) is just mindblowing. At half the price of a typical Leica lens, it's a steal.
That's the good part. Now for the bad.
First of all what I am having difficulties with though is well, this site. All browsers insist to resize the images together with the text and it well.. looks like crap. If you zoom out so that the images are the correct size, the text is too small to read...
Has anybody found a good way to look at this site on an UHD monitor? Generally speaking it seems to me that the hardware is a step ahead of software when it comes to high resolution monitors and DPI scaling.
A second problem is that my standard sized images 1200px width + border are now tiny! They look great in terms of resolution, but it's like looking at a photo on your mobile. I'm used to (after scaling) to see my actual pixels and often manually do adjustments with sharpening etc. This is now impossible as, well, the pixels are too small. At the same time most people viewing the images will do so on older, lower resolution monitors and see the pixels that I don't see. So it may look really nice on my monitor, but crappy on one where you see the pixels better - I'm stuck with a small high res image while most regular users will see a large low res image...
I don't really have a solution for that. When people look at the same image with different PPIs, the experience will be very different. It makes issues such as color difference between monitors to be trivial. Things like the sharpness of a lens become irrelevant and the overall character becomes different. From a photographer's point of view this is very frustrating. Usually you want to have creative control over your photos and tailor the viewer experience to your artistic wishes. Now with monitors having vastly varying PPI (from ~70-400ppi) we have a new important dimension that we have no control over.. and I think it is really a problem. Zooming in on the image does not by the way help as the scaling algorithms are very destructive when it comes to IQ.
Anyway, to end this off, a couple of fall photos from Stockholm. If you are on a calibrated monitor, I know you'll see the colors correctly as for the rest.. well, they're too small on my monitor for me to know
Edit: In chrome the images in this post look horrible unless I zoom out to 50%... To give you an idea of the size of things, here's a screenshot: