i1 Pro 2 Contents

Podcast 343 : X-Rite i1Photo Pro 2 Review for Photographers

Today we're going to take a look at the i1 Photo Pro 2 calibration solution from X-Rite, and i1 Profiler, the software that you'll use to run the device. For me, this is an upgrade from the i1XTreme UV Cut Color Calibration Solution, so we'll also touch on the main...

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13 Comments
  • Paul B
    Posted at 20:28h, 30 September Reply

    Great review, looks an amazing peice of kit.

  • Alex
    Posted at 18:49h, 25 January Reply

    Can the i1Profiler use other patterns than fullscreen ones when calibrating?

  • t.linn
    Posted at 08:34h, 06 June Reply

    Another great review, Martin. I want to add one comment about the ICC profile version setting. You recommend using version 4 since it is the newest version and the default. Your logic is sound but Windows users may be better off creating version 2.2 profiles. The reason is that the Windows OS — at least Windows 7 and Windows 8 — has trouble with v4 profiles.

    The issue is easily seen when viewing an image in Windows Photo Viewer. (Many people, myself included, prefer to view JPGs with this program because it launches instantly. No reason to wait for Photoshop to boot up just to view Mom’s latest iPhone snap of her pet cat, right?) Using a v4 monitor profile, the image will look excessively dark and contrasty. Re-profile and save as a v2.2 profile, set this profile as the Windows default and, voila, the same image in Windows Photo Viewer now matches what you would see in Photoshop.

    I should also note that a version 4 profile is not more accurate than a version 2.2 profile though I have been told it does contain more metadata.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:26h, 06 June Reply

      That’s very interesting. Thanks for the information Tim!

  • Kishan
    Posted at 02:56h, 22 October Reply

    Excellent review, I will be purchasing this kit soon.

    Will this be able to calibrate my dye sublimation kiosk printers?

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:13h, 22 October Reply

      Thanks for reading Kishan!

      You’ll need to check with X-Rite on the calibration of your dye sublimation printers.

  • Ricardo E. Trelles
    Posted at 08:46h, 20 November Reply

    Hi, Martin!

    I just got an i1 2 photo kit and have the original i1 with some accessories.

    My first encounter with the i1 2 is definitely weird. My first impulse was to attach the spectro to the monitor calibration base, and it just got stuck there! I can’t remove it to continue checking . Then, checking the spot measuring base, I see the same attaching mechanism, but I see no way it can allow the spectro to swing down.

    This is weird.

    I just emailed X-Rite for help but they aren’t particularly famous for good customer help.

    Any comments? I hope I don’t get completely embarrassed.

    Thank you.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:09h, 20 November Reply

      Hi Ricardo,

      I know what you mean. I got used to this, so I didn’t think to mention it here, but the attachments can be quite difficult to remove. In my experience though, you just have to give them a really good tug, while holding the base close to where the two pins that go into the i1 2.

      Once you get it, they come off quite easily and I stopped even thinking about it, but even then, they do seem to require more strength that one generally feels comfortable applying to a plastic appliance.

      Let me know how you get on. It’s possible that yours is defected, but I imagine it’s just the tightness that I also experience.

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Ricardo E. Trelles
    Posted at 15:15h, 20 November Reply

    Thank you, Martin. But no, it doesn’t let go and I’m afraid to break something. Fortunately X-Rite already responded (telling me to exert more force). I’m telling them it doesn’t work.

    Even trying to disassemble the hinge seems hard, because its pivoting pin has pointed ends! This all is incredible.

    Thank you again,

    Rick

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 16:18h, 20 November Reply

      That’s what I was thinking, but if you already tried really pulling on it, maybe it’s defective. That would be the first time I’d heard of that, but not impossible I guess.

      Thanks for the update though Ricardo, and good luck in getting to the bottom of it. If you have time to let us know the outcome too, that would be great.

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Ricardo E. Trelles
    Posted at 00:37h, 21 November Reply

    Hi, Martin. Just to say the problem is solved. When I opened the case of the kit for the first time I had the device in my hands only for few seconds, I immediately attached it to a base. Then, when I tried to remove it I was with the wrong idea that the attachment fork went in along the device, not at a right angle. All the time I pulled it parallel to the base, so I never could remove it!

    I did got embarrassed…

    Thank you again.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:31h, 21 November Reply

      Aah, that’s good to hear Ricardo. An easy mistake to make I imagine. Nothing to be embarrassed about. 🙂

      Thanks for the update!

      Regards,
      Martin.

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