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X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

B&H # FDEBLKS68S
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You Pay: $99.00
Product Highlights
  • Creative Enhancement Target
  • Classic Target
  • White Balance Target
  • Protective Pocket-Sized Case
  • Camera Calibration Software
  • Accurate Consistent Color

With three photographic targets, the ColorChecker Passport from X-Rite lets you ease your workflow in a variety of ways. A creative enhancement target allows one-click warming and cooling, and easy evaluation of shadow details. The classic target is the standard 24 patch for creating DNG profiles. The white balance target allows for a consistent white point for a series of images, saving the need to correct each one later in your work flow.

A protective case keeps your targets safe from damage, and has a built-in stand so you can situate the targets to adjust for any scene. The included software lets you easily build DNG profiles, and profile adjustments can be applied to hundreds of images, allowing hours of manual changes to be completed in a few minutes. The portable, versatile kit is an excellent tool for all photographers, from aspiring amateurs to professionals.

In-Camera White Balancing
Having a consistent white point in a set of images reduces editing time, eliminating the need to individually adapt white points per image.
Visual Color Controls
Check and control shadow details or highlight clipping.
Fully Supports the RAW Workflow
Enables any shot in a representative lighting to be used to create a profile as well as to correct exposure, color and white balance. Corrections from one image can be applied to hundreds of shots taken in the same lighting.
Maintain Consistent Color Between Different Cameras and Lenses
Saves time by ensuring smooth workflow and minimal file handling.
DNG Profiling for RAW Shooters
DNG profiling enables greater capability to calibrate and correct color.
Multiple Targets in One
Keep all your target cards in one easy to carry case.
Robust Plastic Case
Protects target cards against elements, bending, and other damage.

Note:The ColorChecker Passport is not compatible with Hasselblad cameras.

System Requirements Windows:
Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or 7 (latest SP required, 32- and 64-bit versions supported)
512MB RAM
Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP or better CPU
200MB of available disk space
Monitor resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher
Internet connection required for software update

Macintosh
Mac OSX 10.5.x, 10.6, 10.7, or 10.8 (with the latest updates installed)
G4 Processor or higher (Intel recommended)
512 MB RAM
350 MB of available disk space
User must have Administrator rights to install and uninstall the application
Monitor resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels or higher
Format DNG
Compatible Software Adobe Lightroom 2.0 or newer
Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 4.5 or newer
Adobe Photoshop CS3 or newer
Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 or newer
Adobe Bridge CS3 or newer
Languages English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese
Dimension (DxWxH) 4.9 x 3.5 x 0.4" (125 x 90 x 9mm)
Weight 3 oz (80g)
Environmental Requirements Temperature: 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Humidity: 0-85% (non-condensing)
X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
  • 3 x Photographic Targets
  • Protective Case
  • Camera Calibration Software
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    X-RiteColorChecker Passport
     
    4.7

    (based on 418 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (326)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (80)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Reliable (166)
    • Easy to use (125)
    • Lightweight (82)
    • Small footprint (80)
    • Great picture quality (61)

    Cons

    • Difficult to set up (6)
    • Price (6)
    • Pricey / poor value (4)
    • Small viewing area (3)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (78)
    • Studio (59)
    • Landscape photography (46)
    • Travel (36)
    • Everyday (31)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (97), Professional (41), Pro photographer (39), Business user (30), Enthusiast (30)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (178), Personal (125)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (84)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (33), Mac (30)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    X-Rite Rocks

    This product works period. My workflow was slow and tedious, having to manual color correct everything because the preset white balance straight from camera never gave me what I felt was perfect white...Read complete review

    This product works period. My workflow was slow and tedious, having to manual color correct everything because the preset white balance straight from camera never gave me what I felt was perfect white balance. Creating custom color profiles for your camera/lens/strobes are easy.

    For flash photography follow the below instructions.

    1) Set your cameras white balance to "flash" or daylight if your camera doesn't have an option for flash.

    2) Double check your settings to verify you are shooting in RAW file format.

    2) Set up your lights in which every style you would like. If you're using 1 light or 10 lights, set up like you normally would.

    3) Properly expose for your subject. I personally use a Sekonic light meter for this, but you can take a few test frames and chimp to verify you have proper exposure.

    4) Open the X-Rite so it makes a "T" shape, and have the model hold it on the plastic back and date card. DO NOT TOUCH ANY OF THE COLOR SQUARES, OR GREY CARD.

    5) Have your subject hold the card on the key light side of their face, this is the closest to the main light source. Make sure it is oriented the correct way with the little icons of the sun and mountain on the upper portion.

    6) Be sure the subject holds the X-Rite parallel to the camera.

    7) When framing, the X-Right should fill 50% - 75% of the frame. Tip: Don't worry if part of your subjects head or face is cut off, we are trying to capture the X-Rite, not the subject.

    8) Take the shot, doubling check to verify the exposure and framing are good. Then have the subject set down the X-Rite and continue on with your shoot as usual.

    POST PRODUCTION PROCESS
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    1) Import your photos into Lightroom

    2) Bring up the photo with the X-Rite in the develop tab.

    3) Go to File and select Export.

    4) Under the left side of the window below the title that says "Presets" select X-Rite Presets, then select "ColorChecker Passport".

    5)Give your custom profile DNG a name, make sure to include subject name, camera body used, lens used, and type of light IE: flash, sunlight, shade.

    6)Select "Export". Lightroom and X-Rite will find the color checker passport to create a custom profile. When it is finished you MUST restart Lightroom.

    7) After you've restarted Lightroom, Bring up the photo of the X-Rite in the Develop tab again. Then scroll through the setting options on the right hand side until you see "Camera Calibration".

    Under Camera Calibration, select the drop down arrows next to where it says profile. You will find your newly created color profile at the bottom of this list. Select it and watch as the colors magically shift and come to life.

    8) Now to correct white balance take the white balance eye dropper tool towards the top and select the row squares towards the top of the X-Rite that have the picture of the little sun and person to the left and right. The one to the left is "neutral" and get warmer as you select squares to the right.

    Pro Tip: Having a properly calibrated monitor will help with adjusting other settings like "black" , "whites" , "contrast" , etc. It also allows you to view the photo in proper color so you're not fooled into thinking the colors are not where they should be and adjusting for that only to find they look different in your prints.

    I would highly recommend this product to anyone wanting to create consistent photos, from the first to last shot. If you want dead on accurate colors this product is for you. It's hard to think I went this long with out it!!

    One word of cation, The X-Rite is a little stiff to open, I sure it was designed this way to keep it open, but can be little difficult at first. All in all, this one product that is worth every dollar.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Accurate Colors? Keep Searching

    I purchased the x-rite Passport based on the company's claims that it would match colors across different camera models and give me accurate colors overall. While adding more time to my workflow, it has...Read complete review

    I purchased the x-rite Passport based on the company's claims that it would match colors across different camera models and give me accurate colors overall. While adding more time to my workflow, it has failed on both counts. After much frustration, I decided to conduct my own test. The results showed that not only was the Passport producing inaccurate colors, it was worse than the Adobe Standard profile available in Adobe Camera RAW.Details of the test:Using two Canon DSLR's, I took photos of the Passport in the same light and completed the color correction process for each one, in addition to setting the white balance using the gray square two over from black. I then compared the color values I obtained after correction to the LAB reference values provided on X-rite's website (using a,b and not worrying about L) the colors from the two Canon DSLR's were not even close to each other after calibration and white balance correction, contrary to the claims made by X-Rite.2)As mentioned above, the Adobe Standard Profile produced more accurate results for each camera than X-Rite's Passport. I attempted to use curves in LAB to correct the individual color squares, but doing so resulted in worse overall color.In August, I sent an e-mail over to support with a summary of my findings and the RAW files. The response from customer service was that they were going to conduct their own testing. Now, over a month later, I have not heard anything back from them, and they have ignored my most recent e-mail. I'm very disappointed with their customer service and engineers. They should be open to finding and fixing flaws. Instead, it looks like they are intent on stalling and hoping this issue goes away.Yes, when you use the product and go through the process of camera profile creation, you will find the colors change, but will they be accurate? I have ordered the Datacolor SpyderCheckr SCK100 and will be comparing it with the Passport.

    Reviewed by 418 customers

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    5.0

    Get it right out of the gate!

    By Norman from Boston

    from Boston MA

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Better Color Results
    • Easy To Set Up

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Color Grading

      Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

      I use it mostly for video production, but it has equally important application in photography as well. ColorChecker Passport is a great compact tool to have on the set to make sure that you wind up with consistent color especially when using more than one camera.For video, I use the color match capability in Davinci Resolve that interacts directly with the colorchecker image from a sample scene of the video. It is not magic and not always perfect, but gives you a good base to launch from. I bought this as a bundle with ColorMunki Display. You need a well calibrated monitor if you are going to get the results you want.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      4.0

      Great Product but no directions in box!

      By Masiman

      from Arizona

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Accurate Colors

      Cons

      • Difficult To Set Up
      • Only Online Support

      Best Uses

        Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

        Once you learn how to use this it is great. But everything is online. There is nothing in the box that tells you anything as far as the set-up or how to use it. It isn't difficult now that I know how but I must say I was rather upset after opening the box with excitement only to find that all of the support is online.

        Now that I have said that, the passport has really helped with my colors and workflow. After setting up the white balance and getting a custom profile set up my photos look great right out of the camera. I use Lightroom and it is a natural easy workflow.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Time is $$$, speeds up post-production.

        By LO14

        from Bakersfield, CA

        About Me Value Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

          Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

          If I value my subject, then I use this with the shoot. Take only seconds to take out, shoot and put away. It has made my post-production work less of a chore. No more guessing or "ballpark" figuring. I wish this set didn't waste one side panel with a "Belongs to_____, Purchased on______" label. It reminds me of grade school. As if I ever did lose this, guess the odds of another photographer giving this up, yeah right. That's how good this thing is.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          ColorChecker Passport by X-Rite

          By Jim

          from FL

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Profiling Different Camer
            • Setting Grey Balance

            Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

            Works as advertised. For now I have just one camera but will be soon adding a second one from a different company. Being able to create separate profiles is why I bought this item.

            Also I like being able to carry just the ColorChecker card with me wherever I shoot.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Function and Portability

            By Bill

            from La Verne, CA

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Color Calibration
            • Post Process Color Edit
            • White Ballance

            Cons

            • Plastic Case

            Best Uses

            • Food
            • Landscapes
            • Portraits
            • Water Sports

            Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

            Used for portraits and landscapes and is easy to take from one location to another.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Works great

            By Denny

            from Lower Burrell, Pa.

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

                  Used for color profile.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Excelente Producto

                  By Santiago Herrera M

                  from Medellín, Colombia

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • High Glare Settings

                    Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

                    Muy buen producto, pequeño, comodo y practico.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    4.0

                    Great tool, but needs better manual

                    By Chuck Flash

                    from Kansas City

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

                          Use of this tool improves my camera's (D700) color output in noticable ways. But getting there through Lightroom took a little more work than I expected. Thankfully there are lots of tips and tricks on using the ColorChecker on X-Rite's website. I just wish that they were included in a more detailed user's manual.
                          Overall, I'm glad I got it and am looking forward to learning even more how it can help my workflow and the product I deliver.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          4.0

                          Accurate skin tones

                          By JC

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Carry
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • A Little Pricey

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

                            It's amazing what a difference the ColorChecker Passport makes! I am now able to achieve accurate skin tones in my headshot and portrait images! I love this tool!

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            5.0

                            Valuable tool

                            By Littlecat

                            from Scottsdale az

                            Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

                            I can not feel confident the colors in my photos are correct! I'm a pet photographer and getting the fur the right color for my clients is a must!

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                            4.0

                            Works Nicely But Can Be Tricky

                            By Synthetic Tone

                            from Atlanta, Georgia

                            About Me Value Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

                                I got this to use for portrait work where I might be more critical of color and white balance. It was easy to install the software for Lightroom. The plastic case is sturdy and rugged which is good because it it likely to get tossed around with camera gear sometimes. Nice way to get consistent and accurate color based on camera and lighting conditions. The only issue I disliked was it seemed to be picky about the images used of the passport for creating the profiles. I had to make sure the photos showed the passport in the correct position and straight as possible while cropping off the extra area to be excepted.

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                                • Business

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                                4.0

                                It is more than you expect

                                By SeniorGeek

                                from Philadelphia PA

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

                                    You expect color panels and you are not disappointed. You also get a gray card for white balance. If that is all you do, too bad. You can create camera profiles, adjust your images to look as though you had a whole studio of filters and lights. But most importantly you get this if you want to explore what makes a photograph pop.

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                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Check Your Color!

                                    By Allan

                                    from Moorpark, CA

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

                                        I read somewhere "if you don't have it, you don't need it. Once you have it, you'll need it." I used this during a class and learned the importance of calibrating my colors for photoshoots. This is an extra step in ensuring that things turn out the way they should.

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                                        • Personal

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                                        4.0

                                        ColorChecker Passport

                                        By Roumel

                                        from Doha, Qatar

                                        About Me Quality Oriented

                                        Verified Buyer

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                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

                                              First impression was that the unit is well made, will probably for some years except the color pallet that based on the others review has a tendency to chip off. Portability wise, this is much better than the Datacolor. Only thing missing is that they don't provide any lanyard anymore. If you are color correct conscious about your images specially when shooting products then you got to have one of this and include it in your workflow period. This will save a ton of Post Processing work just to correct the colors.

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                                              • Business

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                                              5.0

                                              ColorChecker Passport

                                              By DMag

                                              from Los Angeles

                                              About Me Value Oriented

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

                                                    Great tool to use with lightroom if you want to take your photography to the next level and achieve consistent color balance.

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                                                    • Business

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Very Helpful

                                                    By Donww

                                                    from Texas

                                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                          Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

                                                          Get the color right each time!

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                                                          • Personal

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                                                          4.0

                                                          Great little device

                                                          By intensity

                                                          from los angeles, ca

                                                          About Me Quality Oriented

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Easy To Set Up
                                                          • Very Portable

                                                          Cons

                                                          • Size Is Small

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Color Correction

                                                          Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

                                                          Having a portable color target is crucial if you are shooting outside, in difficult or changing lighting conditions.

                                                          If you shoot a color target before you start shooting the actual photos, it will save you so much time in post.

                                                          This color checker passport is expensive for what it is. However when you realize how much time it will save in editing, it is worth it.

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                                                          5.0

                                                          An essential item!

                                                          By Draxeis

                                                          from Seattle, WA

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

                                                          Adds a couple more steps to my workflow but now i have the confidence that my colors are accurate from start to finish. It has a nice tough case so I can just toss it in my bag without worry that i'm going to damage it.

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                                                          5.0

                                                          Excellent!

                                                          By Kayla G.

                                                          from Austin, TX

                                                          About Me Quality Oriented

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                            Cons

                                                              Best Uses

                                                                Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

                                                                I normally use an expodisc to CWB, but in comparing them, the use of the ColorChecker Passport actually yields more accurate results. Now I'll be using them both together, to get a good starting place and a perfect end result. This thing is wonderful!

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                                                                5.0

                                                                Made my life so much easier.

                                                                By Cash Girl

                                                                from Villa Rica, GA

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                                                                Verified Buyer

                                                                Pros

                                                                • Easy To Set Up
                                                                • So Easy To Use

                                                                Cons

                                                                  Best Uses

                                                                  • Correct White Balance

                                                                  Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Passport:

                                                                  I always had the hardest time with my white balance. Now, I just use the color checker and don't have to guess about my white balance. This product has made my life so much easier.

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                                                                  • Business

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