How a 4K monitor cured my pixel peeping – strange but true

BenQ PD2705U
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As a photographer, it’s very easy to become obsessed with detail. You zoom in and in and in until you can find a flaw, and then you obsess over that flaw, and you spend more and more time comparing lenses and test charts, edges and centers, focal lengths and apertures.

In the days of film, there was a limit to how far you could zoom in. With transparencies it was the magnification of your slide viewer or the loupe you used with your lightbox. With prints it might be the magnification of your focus checker when making enlargements, or just the maximum size of the enlargements themselves. 

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at