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Kodak R-27 Gray Cards

B&H # KOBGC MFR # 1903061
Kodak R-27 Gray Cards

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Product Highlights

  • Gray Side Offers 18% Reflectance
  • White Side Offers 90% Reflectance

You Pay: $24.95

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Kodak R-27 Gray Cards are used to help check lighting ratios and lighting distribution. They are valuable when you do slide copying or are trying to adjust for proper skin tones in black and white. These cards now incorporate a higher quality MunSell 18% Reflectance (Gray) Neutral Patch. Both cards are double-sided - one side gray and one side white.

Dimensions 4 x 5" (100 x 125mm)
8 x 10" (203 x 254mm)
Kodak R-27 Gray Cards
  • 4 x 5" Gray Card
  • 8 x 10" Gray Card
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    KodakR-27 Gray Cards
     
    4.4

    (based on 34 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (12)
    • Consistent reactions (10)
    • Compact (9)
    • Lightweight (7)
    • Reliable (4)

    Cons

    • Poor quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Photography (13)
    • Portraits (5)
    • Developing (3)
    • Landscape/scenery (3)
    • Printing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (7), Pro photographer (6), Semi-pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (22)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A must-have for the digital photographer

    If you can't afford a Gretag color checker, these cards are a great way to get consistent color. Yes, you can get white balance off your subject's white shirt, or use the auto...Read complete review

    If you can't afford a Gretag color checker, these cards are a great way to get consistent color. Yes, you can get white balance off your subject's white shirt, or use the auto mode, or guestimate when you open the images in photoshop, but there's something almost magic about the color you'll get if you use a real gray card to set your white balance. The best part of this particular version is you get a cute baby-sized grey card that fits in your pocket and is perfect for when you're out with a point-and-shoot.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    It'll get you in the ballpark.

    I got this card to set the 'custom white balance' for my digicams.

    It does quite well, although some tweaking in your favorite photo editor is still required to get...Read complete review

    I got this card to set the 'custom white balance' for my digicams.

    It does quite well, although some tweaking in your favorite photo editor is still required to get the most from your file.

    Main gripe is that it is basically grey paper mounted on plain cardboard. It is already warping. Don't get it even slightly wet - easily discolors and don't leave it in the interior of a hot car - fades. In other words, great for indoor shoots, not so great for the outdoors in even the slightest of extremes.

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    5.0

    Very pleased

    By kmphoto

    from Lehigh Valley PA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

        Having both size cards is very convenient and these cards provide reliable WB in any situation. I have had several less expensive options and I have found that these Kodak gray cards are the best.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Grey or Gray?

        By Felix the cat

        from Portland, OR

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor Audio

        Best Uses

          Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

          It's a 5 on the Zone System scale!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Very Good!

          By Lima

          from Chicago

          Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

          I recommend this product. Very useful!

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          5.0

          Nice to have with you on a shoot

          By Phantompwr

          from Cape Cod. MA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Good Video Quality
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

              Great reference gray/white card. I've only used the large size so far, I might split them up and use the smaller one for a more portable kit.

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              • No

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              5.0

              The best gray card

              By Bernie

              from Georgetown, Texas

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

                Kodak is the name for photographic quality. I trust the 18% gray is correct more than any other brand

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great

                By CJ

                from Columbia, MD

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

                THE way to calibrate a new film camera and new film combo.

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                5.0

                Just what I wanted

                By Abbie

                from Monroe, MI

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

                  Perfect. Great purchase. Love everything I buy from here.

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  White back has dent

                  By Sam

                  from San Jose, CA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

                  I found that the back white has dent. Though you mainly use the gray side, you may time to time want to use the white side too. A dent in white side is bad.

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                  5.0

                  Great product, I would buy it again!

                  By David

                  from Winston-Salem, NC

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

                    I'm a semi-professional photographer and I use these cards often for determining exposure at weddings and personal photo shoots. The cards help me insure I'm getting the right exposure with minimal editing later in the office.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Does its job.

                    By Soul catcher

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Filmmaking
                      • Portraits
                      • Studio

                      Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

                      As a gray card, I use it to get consistent skin tone exposure for video which saves a lot of time from Color Correction. The white card to balance color temperture. A few minutes of prep saves hours in post. My only problem is that it really doesn't seem to be made from high quality materials.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      If you need this, buy it!

                      By John

                      from Illinois

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Made To Tight Specs
                      • Very Good Documentation

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Color Balancing
                        • Incident Light Reading

                        Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

                        The reason to have a gray card is it gives you a way to get repeatable standard measurement of a scene, and a true neutral tone for color balancing. You can take a light meter reading that will not be effected by backlighting etc. This is just a good tool to have when you need it.

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                        5.0

                        Very Accurate

                        By photomy

                        from Kansas City, MO

                        About Me Professional

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                        • Not Durable

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

                        On occasion I test various of my white balance "gray cards". Colorchecker, Robin Myers, WhiBal, etc.

                        It is my impression this Kodak card is very accurate for white balance use as well as its main purpose as for an exposure reference. The method I use is to shoot my D700 using a fixed white balance temp in menu, a challenging indoor light, and several targets together. Then I use NX2 white balance tool. Recent test, Colorchecker gray box no. 2 was 0.7 red, 2.47 blue slope, Kodak card was 0.7 red 2.48 blue slope. Not likely to notice this difference with your eye. All had the same red slope, some had more blue to 2.51. Not sure if this is accurate but it seems close enough to me.

                        Only disadvantage is that it is paint on paper layered on cardboard. Same with Colorchecker. will wearout eventually.

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                        5.0

                        Works - best to follow instructions

                        By Dan from Chicago

                        from Chicago

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

                          It astounds me how much better photos are with the correct exposure and White Balance. Even just a third stop off and/or the color being slightly off can make a photo humdrum. When eveything is right the photo just clicks - especially portraits. Good price. Old school - just like me.
                          You get a full sized card for indoors and a 4 X 5 inch card for your camera bag.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent cards!

                          By johnstreet

                          from philly, PA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Video

                            Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

                            Great quality. Gets you the gray you need for proper exposure on Sony PMW-F3 with S-log. No complaints.

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                            5.0

                            Essential tool for studio.

                            By apjal

                            from Brossard, Qc, Canada

                            About Me Professional Artist

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • In The Studio

                              Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

                              Sturdy card, very easy to use, the size is perfect, must use it for the white balance, white side for the highlights and the grey side for the white balnce. Does the job it's suppose to do.

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                              4.0

                              Works for me.

                              By MTP

                              from WV

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                              • Not Durable

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio

                              Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

                              Use in the studio. Accurate, simple, and inexpensive. Kodak gives lots of white balance info with cards.

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                              1.0

                              Hmph! Kind of a pip off!

                              By MarDen1959

                              from Richland, WA.

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Developing
                                  • Photography

                                  Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

                                  I am so stupid! I purchased this for custom white balance when I could have gone to a local craft store and bought a white poster board and had it do the same thing. Save some $$$ and go to your local craft store!

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                                  5.0

                                  Must Have

                                  By Crystal

                                  from Spokane, WA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photography

                                    Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

                                    A must have for white balance control. Comes with one large card and 2 small traveling cards.

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                                    4.0

                                    Gray cards still useful

                                    By boni

                                    from Asheville, NC

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Can't do without
                                    • Compact
                                    • Consistent Reactions
                                    • Easy to use

                                    Cons

                                    • Not scratch resistant
                                    • Not water resistant

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

                                      Despite the miraculous performance of today's cameras the simple old-fashioned gray card still serves it's purpose for those that are serious about photography. However, as with all things, you have to know how to use it. Fortunately there are clear and extensive directions enclosed with the cards.

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                                      5.0

                                      Pricy but works :D

                                      By Macosita

                                      from Palo Alto, CA

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Comments about Kodak R-27 Gray Cards:

                                      I didn't know what these were for when I bought it, I just bought what was on my class supply list. I think it was a little pricy, but it works great and I do like having different colored sides.

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