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X-Rite ColorChecker Gray Scale Card

B&H # XRCCCGC MFR # M50103
X-Rite ColorChecker Gray Scale Card

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The ColorChecker Gray Scale Card from Xrite is a full-size version of the white, 18% gray and black reference square used in the standard 24-patch ColorChecker. This target is scientifically engineered to provide a precise uniform surface that is spectrally neutral (reflects equal amounts of red, blue and green) in all types of light conditions. Photographers can use the ColorChecker Gray Scale as the first reference shot in a series to easily correct image color under most lighting conditions by balancing on the mid tone gray value.

For the studio photographer, the X-Rite ColorChecker Gray Scale lets him or her quickly set up the proper studio lighting ratio between main and fill lights for capturing accurate color with a minimum of after-the-fact manipulation.

In addition, the ColorChecker Gray Scale provides reference values that can quickly be checked and used to adjust colors within most common photo processing software packages.

Provides reference values to check and adjust colors
Allows users to instantly correct color images by setting the mid-tone gray value
Enables quick setup of proper studio lighting ratio between main and fill lights
Large Size: 8.5 x 11" (21.6 x 27.9 cm)

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X-RiteColorChecker Gray Scale Card
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Durable (8)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Reliable (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (10)
    • Studio (10)
    • Everyday (5)
    • Landscape photography (4)
    • Home (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional (5), Semi-professional (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    True calibrated gray scale

    I bought this to compliment my x rite passport. True color is so important! So is accurate exposure. You cannot have accurate exposure without correct color and you cannot have correct color saturation...Read complete review

    I bought this to compliment my x rite passport. True color is so important! So is accurate exposure. You cannot have accurate exposure without correct color and you cannot have correct color saturation with poor exposure. I wanted a calibrated way to dial in the exposure for black with detail and white with detail ant be able to show 18% reflective gray scale for setting a custom white balance. This gray scale card fit the bill. Having the exact same color as the x rite color checker passport was perfect for fast manageable color work flow. It is made for studio use. Fills the frame perfectly! Welcome to the family! Now get to work!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Helpful addition to my kit

    This has been a very useful addition to my kit. I have several different gray scale and color references (xRite and others) but this one has several really nice features. It is large...Read complete review

    This has been a very useful addition to my kit. I have several different gray scale and color references (xRite and others) but this one has several really nice features. It is large enough to not get lost in the image, it has just three tonal values, and they are pretty much at the values for setting the black point, the white point, and also the gray point, tonal values that is.

    I do a lot of copying of artwork and it helps greatly in getting the colors correct but also in setting the exposures and adjustments.

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    5.0

    Started recording when I white balance.

    By Mike Hennessey

    from Boston, MA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • A Little Small

    Best Uses

      Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Gray Scale Card:

      I always white balance but now I record it so that I have a black and gamma reference in in post if I need it.

      I do wish it was a little bigger, if they have a larger size you might want to go with that one.

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      5.0

      Can't live without this necessity

      By Hammerin Hank

      from WI

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Gray Scale Card:

          This is a 'must use' card for verifying the exposure and color balance when copying photos. The camera's histogram shows exactly what your camera is capturing as far as exposure and color balance.

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          3.0

          Helpful addition to my kit

          By Charles

          from Northern Michigan

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits
            • Studio

            Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Gray Scale Card:

            This has been a very useful addition to my kit. I have several different gray scale and color references (xRite and others) but this one has several really nice features. It is large enough to not get lost in the image, it has just three tonal values, and they are pretty much at the values for setting the black point, the white point, and also the gray point, tonal values that is.

            I do a lot of copying of artwork and it helps greatly in getting the colors correct but also in setting the exposures and adjustments.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Great Quality Gray Card

            By Tom

            from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Gray
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Studio
              • White balance

              Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Gray Scale Card:

              Great for getting accurate white balance in camera or in post-processing. Looks very professional too!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Solid Quality

              By Simpletwist

              from Caifornia

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Studio

                Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Gray Scale Card:

                Built well - Packaged Well.
                I'm still learning about how to use color checkers - but all the external reviews I've read said this is the one to get.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                True calibrated gray scale

                By Isaac

                from El paso

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • 18 Gray
                • Color Correct
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Histogram Friendly
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Slightly Bowed

                Best Uses

                • All Types
                • Commerical
                • Everyday use
                • Home
                • Landscape Photography
                • Macro Photography
                • Portraits
                • Product Photography
                • Studio
                • Traveling
                • Vodeo

                Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Gray Scale Card:

                I bought this to compliment my x rite passport. True color is so important! So is accurate exposure. You cannot have accurate exposure without correct color and you cannot have correct color saturation with poor exposure. I wanted a calibrated way to dial in the exposure for black with detail and white with detail ant be able to show 18% reflective gray scale for setting a custom white balance. This gray scale card fit the bill. Having the exact same color as the x rite color checker passport was perfect for fast manageable color work flow. It is made for studio use. Fills the frame perfectly! Welcome to the family! Now get to work!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Gray Card

                By Red

                from Richmond, KY

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Gray Scale Card:

                  Great product. Bought it for school!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Every Photographer Should Have One

                  By Ed. R

                  from Raleigh, NC

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Gray Scale Card:

                    We used to spend a good amount of time making color corrections in Photoshop, after photo shoots, and then one day we realized that we had a gray scale card available. Ever since we started using that card we've cut down on our post-production color correcting. Because of that we purchased a second gray scale card, so that we would have one for each camera kit. This gray scale card is excellent for performing custom white balances on location and it's small enough to fit in the front of a camera bag (back-pack style) and large enough to get a good reading from. Well worth the money.

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                    • No

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                    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Good quality product !!

                    By Studio Skärpa Foto

                    from New-Brunswick, Canada

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Portraits
                      • Studio

                      Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Gray Scale Card:

                      Great product, well made and durable... would recommend to everyone!!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great product!

                      By JoffePhoto

                      from Winston-Salem, NC

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits
                        • Studio

                        Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Gray Scale Card:

                        Best with the use of low ISO. higher ISO's will put colored pixels across the image, including the gray card and your readings will be off.

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                        • No

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                        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent Tool for Proper Exposure

                        By Joseph

                        from Portland, OR

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                        • Does not lie flat

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • General Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Studio

                        Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Gray Scale Card:

                        This ColorChecker card is great. The studio I work at has two of the 24-patch cards, but it can be difficult to get a good spot-meter reading from the small white, grey, and black patches. With this card, you can stay close to the camera's POV and easily take spot-meter readings. The main advantage of this card over standard grey cards is that the lab-calibreated white and black pallets give you great confidence in getting the proper dynamic range of a composition. This is especially important if you are using a finicky capture system like chrome film, which we shoot quite a bit of at my studio. It works rather well for general color correction, too.The only problem I have with this product--this applies to the 24-patch version as well--is that it bows and you can never get rid of it. You would figure that a [$] piece of planar plastic could be engineered to stay flat, but I guess that bit is too much to ask for. Despite this one irritation, I highly recommend this product. Use it with a spot-meter and you will make better, more consistent photos. Good shooting!

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                        • No

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Product

                        By jimmyprime

                        from Fletcher, NC

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Studio

                          Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Gray Scale Card:

                          I take this card with me everywhere, simply place card where it will recieve the exact amount and type of light that your intended subject will. I usually will change the angle of the card just slightly to get say three examples for each room, real estate photography, and then in camera raw 6, I take a white balance of the gray section (little dropper icon) and 99% of the time the x-rite card nails it perfectly. Gets the job done, remember the key is positioning the card correctly to get the right white balnce, takes a little practice.

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                          • No

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                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Makes my studio work much easier !!

                          By Gene

                          from Detroit, MI

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits
                            • Studio

                            Comments about X-Rite ColorChecker Gray Scale Card:

                            Does a great job of color balancing and checking exposure levels.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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