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Roscolux Swatchbook

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Sample 1.75 x 2.75" swatchbook of Roscolux 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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Roscolux Swatchbook
 
4.8

(based on 158 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (127)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good color value (41)
  • Lightweight (13)
  • Cheap (12)
  • Durable (12)
  • Long-lasting (7)

Cons

  • Flimsy (10)
  • Small (7)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (30)
  • Indoors (25)
  • Outdoor events / games (17)
  • Outdoors (14)
  • Night time (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (21), Semi-pro photographer (12), Casual photographer (10), Enthusiast (10), Professional (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (36)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice Selection.

I learned of the product from [...] it turns out that you can use these sample swatchbook's as filters for you Nikon SB-800 or any simaliar size speedlight. It is a...Read complete review

I learned of the product from [...] it turns out that you can use these sample swatchbook's as filters for you Nikon SB-800 or any simaliar size speedlight. It is a good cheap alternative to the Nikon SJ-1 Gel Kit. There is a pretty good selection of colors. This item is always sold out so be sure to sign-up ot be notified when it is in stock. I have seen them sell out in a matter of hours, so be sure to buy asap after getting notice it is in stock. The max you can buy is 5 and at [$] you might as well, [...]

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Works

I bought these as gels to use with my speedlights. They work. I am surprised though that Roscolux hasn't figured out yet to charge a little more and deliver these in a little pouch...Read complete review

I bought these as gels to use with my speedlights. They work. I am surprised though that Roscolux hasn't figured out yet to charge a little more and deliver these in a little pouch or case and maybe even with some kind of basic holder to attach to a flash.
These were originally meant to be samples for people buying larger gels for stage use etc. But since they are so popular with photographers for flash use there may be a missed opportunity here for them.
A slightly larger version would be nice also.

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5.0

Cant Beat The Price

By ObscuraStudioArt

from Corona, CA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Color Value
  • Long-Lasting

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits
    • Special Events
    • Stage

    Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

    I use this to choose Gels in both my photography and professional stage lighting.Although you can often get Rosco to give you these for free... it is always a pain to make it happen. For under $ I am happy to pay for it and save myself the headache. Especially since EVERYWHERE else i have seen these for sale they are double the price of B&H.I Have had my original Swatch Book for over 10 years and use it daily. It is still holding together. although the screw holding it together is now glued in place.I recently bought a new one because new diffusers and colors where added. As far as i can tell it is exactly the same quality as my 10 year old one.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Try before you invest in bigger bucks.

    By Stephen

    from Puget Sound, USA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Color Value
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

      At these prices you get a feel for not only what such filters etc do but get inspired to experiment.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Quick reference

      By Jon

      from Providence

      Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

      Great for getting a sense of creative gel available

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      3.0

      Good for Theatre

      By TJ

      from St. Paul

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Color Value

      Cons

      • Flimsy

      Best Uses

      • Theatre

      Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

      Great selection of just about everything you need for theatre lighting. Some of the gels get ripped out if you aren't being super careful when transporting it. FYI: You can get this for free at your Rosco dealer.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Love this little swatch book

      By GenericFemale

      from Denver, CO

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

      This is a great little book to help you pick gels. I use continuous light instead of flash, so I don't use them on flash units, although I can see why people love this book for that reason. I plan to order larger sizes of the specific gels I want to use.

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      5.0

      Great for adding color to strobes

      By Rick

      from Satellite Beach, FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Portraits
        • Special Events

        Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

        I often want to simulate stage lighting for shoots with musicians. A couple of slaves with colored gels can do just that. Just stick them over the flash tube with a little tape. These filters are a bargain and a half.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Rosco color

        By Isaac

        from West, Tx

        Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

        This swatch book is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with what is available in terms gels used to change lighting color. There are ways to create a whole new look by simply adding a gel to your strobe light source. The most common gel (cto-color temperature orange)used to change color temperature of strobes to match available lighting like fluorescent or the warm glow of an Edison bulb. The artistic side of using gels is only limited to your imagination! Pop a flash covered in blue to make water come alive. Match a bikini models lighting to the setting suns color. Add drama to a wedding bridal shoot. Use red on valentines day. Green on st patty's day! You can use this for swatch booklet for reference or tear out the color you'd like to try and tape it on your hot shoe flash. Pop the background with red or blue use green on the sides warm up the faces of your models.

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        5.0

        Fuels creativity

        By Unclvito

        from Parkland, FL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Convenient
        • Good Color Value
        • Lightweight
        • Stores easily

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Portraits

          Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

          These things are great. I use them with my off-camera strobes and they work perfectly. I've since bought larger sizes of gels I find myself using often. But this is great for colors I use rarely or want to experiment with.

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          • No

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          5.0

          As Described

          By Cire

          from Savannah, GA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Color Value
          • Lightweight
          • Price

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

              Price cannot be beat. You can use as described or tint your on camera flash by taking the sheets apart. Each gel is padded with paper between the gels to protect from scratches. Worth a lot more than current selling price.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great gels for the price

              By Austin

              from Eau Claire, WI

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Cheap
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

                I use them with my 600ex-rt flashes and they work great. They are a little too small for the flashes but nothing you can't work around.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Awesome!!!

                By Alejo

                from Wilkes Barre Pa

                Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

                Get the sample,pick your item and get it shipped in the most carefully package I never saw :)

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                5.0

                Great for experimentation

                By K. Dijon

                from Sterling, VA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Good Color Value
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

                  I'm pretty new to flash and filters and these have served a myriad of purposes for me. There are so many colors that it's hard to test them all, but this set certainly helped me get a good taste of the style I prefer when using external flashes now that I've started.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Can't beat this value

                  By K Merchant

                  from Lincoln, NE

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Color Value

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

                      So much creative opportunity in such a cheap package.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great approach for modifying my flash

                      By DavidP

                      from Western North Carolina

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • inexpensive
                      • Many Colors

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

                        An incredibly wide range of colors, including the important temperature changing ones.

                        Hard to believe this is available for such an inexpensive price.

                        They're bigger than I expected: actually longer than the surface of my Sunpak 383, so the hole does not interfere.

                        The description for each gel is really helpful.

                        They are thinner than I expected.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Roscolux Swatchbook by Rosco

                        By RGB Robin

                        from Phoenix, Arizona

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Color Value

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Special Events

                          Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

                          Many different samples and good quality. It came in the mail extremely fast! Thanks!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          As advertised

                          By Paige

                          from Joplin MO

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Low Cost

                          Cons

                          • Small

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

                          These filters are small, but large enough to tape to my 430exII. The filters come on a ring, so if you use a low residue tape, such as gaff tape, when affixing to your flash, they can be reused easily.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Takes the guesswork out

                          By JK

                          from North Carolina

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

                              A very handy addition for picking the "right" gel the first time.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Exactally what I expected!

                              By Cin

                              from Sterling va

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Color Value
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

                                Exactally what I expected. Gave as gifts to my boyfriend.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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                                3.0

                                Perfect

                                By karpete

                                from Morris, IL

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Color Value

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use

                                  Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

                                  Purchased to try out gels and they fit perfect on my small flash unit. Had fun adding 2 - 3 different colors.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  An Inexpensive Alternative

                                  By George the Great

                                  from Washington, DC

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use

                                      Comments about Roscolux Swatchbook:

                                      A inexpensive alternative to buying individual gels. An assortment of colors, a great buy.

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                                      • No

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