The Cinemartin Loyal LT is a stunning small monitor, ideal for almost any shooting condition. The super bright IPS panel is a beauty; some even consider IPS superior in picture quality than AMOLED. With 1920×1080 resolution, up to 16.7 million colors, 1200:1 contrast ratio and 600 NIT’s (cd/m2) of luminance, this monitor is definitely true a professional tool. The color calibration of my unit was definitely pro grade.
The feature set is quite impressive and stacks up against any field monitor out there. First, the super slim design makes it easy to mount or hold. There are 3/8″ connectors located on both top and bottom.
The Cinemartin Loyal LT monitor has HDMI in/out and earphone jack. With 12 V power supplied either via AC or Sony NP batteries. I like to use my Blueshape BubblePak with NP Battery Adapter for power. I found in testing that the power from an NP-F570 lasted me most of the day. The supplied Sun Shield works great for outdoor shoots and is an excellent combo with the super bright screen.
The menu offers a very wide assortment of controls and tools. These are initiated by pressing the menu button and then turning and clicking the menu wheel.
All the usual picture controls in including color temperatures, with settings of 5500, 6500, 7500, 9300 degrees Kevin and User settings controlled by Red and Green gain.
The Marker selection in the menu offers controls for using a Center Marker, Aspect Marker, and Safety Marker, as well as choosing the color and thickness of the marker.
Function controls allow you to choose the Scan, Aspect, Underscan, Check field, Zoom, Freeze, and special settings if you are using the Canon 5D2 or 5D3. For the Samsung NX1, I left the selection in the OFF mode as no special selection is needed.
Auxiliary on the Menu gives you some very important choices for “Peaking” and the representative color and level. You can use “False Color” for adjusting your exposure. The “Exposure” selection shows you the Zebra pattern to distinguish if you are clipping in the highlights. That level is chosen in the “Exposure Level”. The last function in the list is the “Histogram”. The Histogram can be displayed as Y (Luminance), full RGB, all three in one graph, or Color, which displays the R, G & B in separate graphs.
The Audio selections are basic with volume control and the ability to display a level meter in the lower left corner of the monitor.
Finally, the System listing starts with letting you decide on the display language. Next is the “Color Bar” selection. You have a choice of 100% or 75%. The “OSD Timer” sets how long the display stays on screen before automatically turing off. Choices are 10, 20, 30 seconds. The “Image Flip” allows you flip the image using either V (vertical), H (horizontal) or H/V (both). This is useful if you are mounting the monitor in unusual positions. The “Back Light” selection allows you to vary the LCD backlight from 0-100. Lastly the “Reset” can turn everything back to original default settings.
That covers the settings. Now let’s talk performance. Overall I am very impressed with the performance of the Cinemartin Loyal LT. The colors are broadcast quality. The sharpness of the monitor is beautiful and the light weight and slim design make it the perfect field monitor. I give the Cinemartin Loyal LT the highest rating for professionals looking for a reliable, well built, quality product. For more info got to http://www.cinemartin.com
Thanks to Maythavee Weiss for being my model for this shoot.