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Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook

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This is a 1.25 x 3.25" Swatchbook of Rosco Cinegel Series gels. Use this to pick the appropriate filters for your next purchase, or cut them out and tape them to small flash units.

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RoscoCinegel Swatchbook
 
4.7

(based on 145 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (110)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good color value (89)
  • Durable (35)
  • Long-lasting (25)
  • Attach securely (10)
  • Good power output (8)

Cons

  • Flimsy (21)
  • Small (3)
  • Weak (3)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (61)
  • Indoors (59)
  • Outdoor events / games (40)
  • Low light (37)
  • Outdoors (34)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (45), Photo enthusiast (35), Pro photographer (16), Enthusiast (10), Casual photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (57)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

the Strobist choice

David Hobby of [@] recommends this swatchbook as an inexpensive way to gel your strobes. I use the CTO and Window Green to correct the color of my Nikon SB600/800 flashes. The...Read complete review

David Hobby of [@] recommends this swatchbook as an inexpensive way to gel your strobes. I use the CTO and Window Green to correct the color of my Nikon SB600/800 flashes. The small swatches just fit on the top of the flash head, but you need to find a way to attach them. You need to be a bit careful with the gel swatches; they do bend and crease easily in the camera bag, but hey, the swatchbook cost a penny, and once I'm happy with a gel, I buy a sheet and make my own. Plus there are more colors to experiment with in the pack. The swatchbook is a great way to get started with flash gels.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Hard to complain at this price, but...

I'm using the gels for a 430EXII flash unit. You get a good assortment of the gels and there is a paper swatch behind each gel that gives a brief explanation of the gel's...Read complete review

I'm using the gels for a 430EXII flash unit. You get a good assortment of the gels and there is a paper swatch behind each gel that gives a brief explanation of the gel's intended use. They are large enough to use with the 430EXII flash and I haven't had any issues with the gels melting or warping after a few days of use. The problem with this product is thatyou need to actually cut the plastic bolt that holds them all together in order to use a gel. Once the bolt is cut, you are left with what seems like 1,000 loose gel swatches. It's also difficult to make sure you keep each gel with it's corresponding paper swatch that tells you about the specific gel. If the bolt could be taken apart and put back together, I would have given 4 stars.

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5.0

Handy

By David

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Color Value

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

      I use these to gel my shoe-mount flash. Just a little gaffer's tape will do the trick. There are several that are unusable, since they are opaque,but for the cost, they are easy to re-purpose or throw away.

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      4.0

      Get creative with this idea

      By Terry

      from Hollywood

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

            I got this swatch to make lens filter cutouts for my camera lenses. You can use these swatch samples to make DIY filters for lenses that don't have a filter screw on the end. Unfortunately after I bought these I got some free samples from Rosco at Cinegear.

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            5.0

            Perfect for Speedlights

            By Jey the Photoguitarist

            from Riverside, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Good Color Value

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use

              Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

              This is a great way to try out a variety of gels for your speedlights. Each gel also has a description card behind it that gives all of the specifics about color and effect.

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              5.0

              everything you need for speed light

              By founride

              from ottawa,Ca

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Good Color Value

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

                  cool assortment of filter for flash.will fit over a standard speed light

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                  5.0

                  Best deal

                  By 120

                  from NYC

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Color Value
                  • Long-Lasting

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Outdoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

                    Great way to test gels/use on small flashes

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                    5.0

                    great for strobes

                    By paul

                    from nc

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Color Value
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

                      These fit nicely on the end of most speedlights.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      A useful flash accessory

                      By Curly

                      from Denver, CO

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Difficult to store
                      • Flimsy

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

                      I use this product to change the color of the light coming from my flash. For a really low price you can have a full selection of flash gels to add drama and lighting effects to your photos.The only downside it that you have to be very careful when you tape them to the flash and once they are cut from the book they are not easy to store well.I would highly recommend this book for a cheap way to change your flash from harsh light to dramatic light!

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                      5.0

                      Great Intro Pack

                      By The Heidelbergerin

                      from Germany

                      About Me Photography Student

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                        Cons

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                            Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

                            Cost effective, useful introduction to a wide variety of filter options.

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                            4.0

                            Not bad for the price

                            By Raychleadele

                            from Minneapolis, MN

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                            Pros

                            • Good Color Value

                            Cons

                            • Flimsy

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

                              The swatches are a bit smaller than I would like, and a bit thin, and the post which holds them together does not come apart, which is inconvenient if you want to take the swatches out individually. However, there is a wide range of color choices and the price is minimal, so it was a worthwhile purchase.

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                              5.0

                              Unlimited Potential

                              By DHarvell

                              from Spring Lake, MI

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                              Pros

                              • Good Color Value
                              • Long-Lasting
                              • Variety

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Outdoors
                                • Portraits
                                • Special effects

                                Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

                                Like most, I bought this not as a reference tool to see what full-sized filters are available, but as a collection of filters to use with a flash - in my case, a Canon 430EX II. My first impression was a sense of being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of swatches, included in the swatchbook. Literally, hundreds. The feeling of being overwhelmed was soon replaced with excitement, it was time to experiment! The swatchbook is held together with a sturdy, plastic bolt. The bolt is easy enough to cut through, using a standard, serrated steak knife. As each swatch is separated with an information card, you might take care to keep the filter sample with its info card. It makes it easy grab the perfect filter, without having to rely on guesswork. I keep my liberated swatches in a ringed binder, for easy access. When you are ready to start shooting, all you have to do is simply tape the filter to your flash, or, if you search the web, there is a filter holder that you can purchase that fits most flash units. All-in-all, I feel that this is an amazing value that will open infinite doors in terms of creative lighting. You would do well to consider this filter swatchbook, if you are looking for a cost effective way to add a splash of color to your flash lighting set up.

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                                4.0

                                Perfect for an SB-600

                                By yeahmag

                                from Pasadena, CA

                                About Me Casual Photographer

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                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

                                      Bought this to use with my SB-600. So far so good!

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                                      3.0

                                      Good effect

                                      By Pam

                                      from Dunn, NC

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Color Value

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors
                                        • Low Light
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

                                        It is great if you have the time to tape them to your flash.

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                                        • No

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                                        3.0

                                        Hard to complain at this price, but...

                                        By MAM

                                        from CT

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Good assortment
                                        • Good value

                                        Cons

                                        • Cumbersome
                                        • Flimsy
                                        • Needs a storage case

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors
                                        • Low Light

                                        Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

                                        I'm using the gels for a 430EXII flash unit. You get a good assortment of the gels and there is a paper swatch behind each gel that gives a brief explanation of the gel's intended use. They are large enough to use with the 430EXII flash and I haven't had any issues with the gels melting or warping after a few days of use. The problem with this product is thatyou need to actually cut the plastic bolt that holds them all together in order to use a gel. Once the bolt is cut, you are left with what seems like 1,000 loose gel swatches. It's also difficult to make sure you keep each gel with it's corresponding paper swatch that tells you about the specific gel. If the bolt could be taken apart and put back together, I would have given 4 stars.

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                                        • No

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                                        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        3.0

                                        I wish it was for free

                                        By Muller

                                        from New York

                                        About Me Photography Student

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Good Color Value
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Indoors
                                          • Low Light

                                          Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

                                          Perfect fit for my 580exii. I can't really use them. I wish they punched the binding hole closer to the edges. However, the book is a good reference guide. So you can look online for the exact filter you need.

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                                          5.0

                                          Awesome!

                                          By fliptheu

                                          from Concord, CA

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Good Color Value
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Long-Lasting

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • General Use
                                            • Indoors
                                            • Outdoors
                                            • Portraits
                                            • Special Events

                                            Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

                                            I use this product to match the lighting of my surroundings as gel inserts. I love how many gels you get.

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                                            4.0

                                            Cheap and functional

                                            By Luciano

                                            from Atlanta, GA

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                            Pros

                                            • Good Color Value

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Indoors

                                              Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

                                              Can boost creativity.
                                              So cheap, you shall have it in your gear no matter what.

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                                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              2.0

                                              not as expected

                                              By Dale

                                              from La Habra, Ca

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

                                                    Since I was not familiar with gels I was convinced to purchase a sample book that could be used to tape to a flash unit.

                                                    However, the plastic bolt connecting the gels was impossible to open and had to be cut. And they were too small to be attatched easily

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Lots Of Colors...

                                                    By Manny

                                                    from Bakersfield, CA

                                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Durable
                                                    • Good Color Value
                                                    • Lightweight
                                                    • Long-Lasting

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • General Use
                                                      • Indoors
                                                      • Low Light
                                                      • Night Time
                                                      • Outdoors
                                                      • Portraits
                                                      • Special Events

                                                      Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

                                                      I purchased 2 of these for my battery powered strobes. The price is right and the possibilities are endless!

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                                                      • No

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Hard to go wrong

                                                      By Zack

                                                      from New York, NY

                                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Durable
                                                      • Good Color Value

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • General Use
                                                        • Special Events

                                                        Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

                                                        Whether you're looking to learn about gels and find the right colors or just add a bit of color to your speedlight, this swatchbook will get the job done. Can't beat it for the price.

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                                                        4.0

                                                        Nice Addition To My Flash Tool Arsenal

                                                        By Steven Matrix

                                                        from Tampa, Florida

                                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Good Color Value

                                                        Cons

                                                        • Flimsy

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Special Events

                                                        Comments about Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook:

                                                        I use this product for events and best of all it's cheap.

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