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CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc

B&H # CBL110 MFR # CLLECBL110MM
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Undoubtedly, one of the most critical aspects of digital photography or videography is the consistent control of color.  The color values recorded by a camera's sensor need to be matched with the color palette of a monitor, and the eventual output device as well.

The Color Balance Lens (CBL) is a 2-sided disc with a gray side and a white side, to handle your needs of color balance and proper exposure alike.  You use the white side for color balancing, and after the white balance is achieved you use the gray card for an accurate exposure reading.

Adjusting color balance with digital cameras varies, but in every case you hold the CBL in front of your camera and either make an evaluation or take a white-balance-reference picture.  You should assure that the subject's dominant light source is also falling upon the CBL.  Thanks to its complex, varied collection of prisms and lenses upon the 'white' side, the CBL grabs a large mixture of the light source and directs it into the camera during the white balance evaluation.

You are not reading light reflected off of subjects, and in this way the CBL is consistently more accurate just as incident light meters are more accurate than reflected light meters.  You are not evaluating the white balance from a flat reflection of a gray/white card, which cannot gather as relevant a 'recipe' of reflected light from complex scenes.  While white/gray cards or lens-attached white balance devices often yield fine results, it is in the most difficult lighting scenes where the CBL's design shines best.

To use the gray side for evaluating exposure, you simply use the CBL's gray side just as you do a gray card:  use your camera's spot or partial metering mode if applicable, and place the CBL's gray side in your subject's lighting source.

Incident-Light Color Balancer
CBL Measures color balance of light incident to subjects, not reflected from subjects
Works with All Your Lenses & Digital Cameras/Camcorders
Buy once; CBL held at arm's length from camera (unlike filter-size-specific white balancing devices)
Eliminate Post-Processing Fuss
Spend your time taking pictures; CBL achieves perfect color balance in-camera at time of exposure, unlike devices which are used as reference tools later
110mm Large disc is suitable for professional lenses with large front elements
Durable, waterproof materials
Carefully-selected permanent tones of white and gray
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    CBL LensCBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc
     
    4.7

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (18)
    • Easy to use (17)
    • Durable (16)
    • Reliable (11)
    • Improves product function (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (16)
      • Studio (12)
      • Everyday (11)
      • Macro photography (10)
      • Travel (10)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-professional (11), Enthusiast (5), Professional (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great for tricky lighting situations.

      Works great for mixed lighting situations; and is quicker to use due to the fact that I can leave my camera in auto-focus mode while taking a reading. Easy to use, (but)...Read complete review

      Works great for mixed lighting situations; and is quicker to use due to the fact that I can leave my camera in auto-focus mode while taking a reading. Easy to use, (but) the instructions could use some editing as they are overly wordy. When I tested the results in my studio against the standard gray card the color balance was even better using this device. The time you will save in post-production makes this a real time saver and worth the [$]

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not Recommended.

      I have really mixed feelings on this product - it came highly recommended from the reviews online and a workshop session endorsement with Hanson Fong and I wanted to like it.HOWEVER, in field experience...Read complete review

      I have really mixed feelings on this product - it came highly recommended from the reviews online and a workshop session endorsement with Hanson Fong and I wanted to like it.HOWEVER, in field experience with it leads me to think the [$] is better spent elsewhere, and the net, net is I returned it. Read on for the long summary.For the record I used the 110mm version as a custom White Balance on a Nikon D700 and as a post processing aid (Hanson uses a Cannon - maybe their whitebalance isn't so good ;-). I tried it with single light sources and with multiple light sources (daylight mixed with incandescent. With daylight, shade, and green canopy overcast, etc.). For the most part I used the white side only, ignoring the grey side (I don't need more grey targets).So here is the good and bad in summary:The Good:1) Looks more professional and high tech than most, cheaper white balance solutions (this doesn't matter to me, but may matter to you - it gets mentioned a lot in the reviews).2) Occasionally produces better white balance in limited situations than a grey card, expodisc, or color checker passport. This is a subjective statement, and the degree to which it was better didn't warrant the cost or size for me.The Bad,1) The instructions are HORRIBLE, they mostly consist of product endorsements from Asian Professors. Essentially they state that you can use it in standard mode (taking a flat of picture of the disc) or Flood light mode (this is never explained but appears to me and angled shot of the disc). Nor are there any good instructions online in YouTube or other places. I went looking because my results were not impressing me, and I figured I had to be missing something somehow. Something in the manner of it's use after the fact Post processing the "magic" Flood light mode. 2) The results are inconsistent. Some times the white balance is spot on and some times it wasn't as good as the other methods (Grey card, presets, etc) I compared it to. For what it is worth this may partly be because the model I had hold it in the various shots may have held it differently each time, but then that is part of it isn't it? I also found the result pretty inconsistent when I held it at arms length. So this isn't a one stop shop, you are going to have to tweak white balance.3) It's large to carry and store. For me, I prefer more portable solutions. For example a collapsable 10" or 24" grey target for example, Color Checker Passport, etc), and Expodisc (these have a different set of pluses and minuses)4) It's expensive.5) It is unclear to me how durable the white side is - if scratches in the plastic lens cover would effect it's performance for example since it is claiming to rely on prism effect.Overall it wasn't something I found worth carrying or owning.

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      5.0

      Excellent color balance

      By Barry

      from Huntsville. AL

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

        I have used mine for about two years and found it an excellent tool to get the color balance right almost every time. A difficulty occurs if you can not measure the incident light equivalent to that at the subject. A simple example is if you are shooting from the shade across a ditch to a subject illuminated by mixed source lighting. Also, I use a D3 and have had a couple of friends with D3's say the CBL doesn't work for them. They forgot that the camera uses only D-0 setting for capturing the WB. D-1 through D-4 are stored values that that can be selected. To be clear, if you have the D3 set to say D-3 and shoot a reference shot of the CBL, the new reference is in D-0, not D-3. If you don't change the D3 WB to D-0, you get a bad WB in this case. As always, it helps to read the manual!

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        5.0

        Results are amazing!

        By Iceman

        from Livermore, CA

        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 CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

          I've watched reviews of other professional photographers highly recommending this product. I needed one to take away the extra step of correcting skin tone and color in post. This product is magic! I rave about it to my friends and colleagues. I use it everywhere I go shoot. If you don't have one yet, go get one. You won't be disappointed!

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          • No

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          5.0

          CBL color Balance Lens

          By kvp

          from jupiter, fl

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio

            Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

            I love this item!!

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            pretty good at a few runs

            By Grace

            from Vancouver

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

              Used it under some bad lighting situation, really does a lot better job than the Auto WB mode.

              easy to use with my Nikon D700.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              big help

              By sleepy

              from Suffolk,Va.

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Macro Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

                This made a big difference in clarity of color.
                I would recommend this product to enthusiasts.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Not Recommended.

                By Mike

                from Austin, TX

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Bulky
                  • Expenisve
                  • Inconstant results
                  • Poor insturctions

                  Best Uses

                  • Mixed Light environments

                  Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

                  I have really mixed feelings on this product - it came highly recommended from the reviews online and a workshop session endorsement with Hanson Fong and I wanted to like it.HOWEVER, in field experience with it leads me to think the [$] is better spent elsewhere, and the net, net is I returned it. Read on for the long summary.For the record I used the 110mm version as a custom White Balance on a Nikon D700 and as a post processing aid (Hanson uses a Cannon - maybe their whitebalance isn't so good ;-). I tried it with single light sources and with multiple light sources (daylight mixed with incandescent. With daylight, shade, and green canopy overcast, etc.). For the most part I used the white side only, ignoring the grey side (I don't need more grey targets).So here is the good and bad in summary:The Good:1) Looks more professional and high tech than most, cheaper white balance solutions (this doesn't matter to me, but may matter to you - it gets mentioned a lot in the reviews).2) Occasionally produces better white balance in limited situations than a grey card, expodisc, or color checker passport. This is a subjective statement, and the degree to which it was better didn't warrant the cost or size for me.The Bad,1) The instructions are HORRIBLE, they mostly consist of product endorsements from Asian Professors. Essentially they state that you can use it in standard mode (taking a flat of picture of the disc) or Flood light mode (this is never explained but appears to me and angled shot of the disc). Nor are there any good instructions online in YouTube or other places. I went looking because my results were not impressing me, and I figured I had to be missing something somehow. Something in the manner of it's use after the fact Post processing the "magic" Flood light mode. 2) The results are inconsistent. Some times the white balance is spot on and some times it wasn't as good as the other methods (Grey card, presets, etc) I compared it to. For what it is worth this may partly be because the model I had hold it in the various shots may have held it differently each time, but then that is part of it isn't it? I also found the result pretty inconsistent when I held it at arms length. So this isn't a one stop shop, you are going to have to tweak white balance.3) It's large to carry and store. For me, I prefer more portable solutions. For example a collapsable 10" or 24" grey target for example, Color Checker Passport, etc), and Expodisc (these have a different set of pluses and minuses)4) It's expensive.5) It is unclear to me how durable the white side is - if scratches in the plastic lens cover would effect it's performance for example since it is claiming to rely on prism effect.Overall it wasn't something I found worth carrying or owning.

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                  5.0

                  The perfect White Balance

                  By Nielson Photo

                  from Lincoln, Ca

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

                    I kept it simple. Set my camera to "Custom White Balance" Shot the CBL Lens Pic in the direction of my lighting, set the WB, and" whah La" perfect balance every time. I Love it!

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                    5.0

                    Full Color Spectrum not just grey card

                    By Second Shooter D

                    from DFW

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

                      After attending a weeklong photography school staffed by accomplished, experienced professional instructors, I have learned that Auto White Balance, even in good cameras, just does not get the job done, especially in multiple light source situations.

                      The use of grey cards is the common route. My instructor in the school used the CBL at all times and praised its merits. I bought this one and have started using it on all my shoots. I believe the full-color spectrum abilities of the lens makes a great deal of difference in my shots. As advertised, the use of the lens reduces post production work because the shots exhibit bright, full color as the eye sees it in the frame, without the typical color cast so common to even the "packaged" specific white balance settings.

                      I am new to the CBL and am learning as I go. The manual for its use is hard to understand and so does not give very clear directions. On the job training is the most likely route to competence. The CBL is easy to carry and convenient in its size. I am becoming very reliant on this product and can't imagine shooting without it from now on.

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                      5.0

                      Simple easy to use

                      By Rico

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

                        I use it when I don't want to mess around too much with Photoshop.
                        It's one less step.

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                        5.0

                        Works amazingly well!

                        By Dale

                        from Grantsville, MD

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

                          I can carry this in my bag without it getting bent up and worn like a gray card, and it works better to boot. Simple to use, accurate color balance, and durable construction make this a real winner. I only wish I discovered it sooner.

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                          5.0

                          Unbelievable - very reliable

                          By Paul in Cinci

                          from Cincinnati

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

                            Used this product right out of the box, skip the PowerPoint, look up you camera in the book and follow easy instructions. Indoor, outdoor color is spot on, great for mixed light environment. If you don't like the initial read, set it up again, it takes 3 sec, and usually the second exposure will be spot on. This is an accessory I bought on impulse and I'm glad I did.

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                            4.0

                            Time saver

                            By Mikey1000

                            from Dallas, TX

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

                              I bought this to save time post-shoot by not having to adjust the white balance in RAW and so far I would have to say the results have borne this out. There is a learning curve on how to hold the lens when setting it up and the fact that for Nikons, you have to hold the WB button several seconds before taking its "photo" to set the WB in manual. But if you are taking many shots in the same light, it is worth the effort.

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                              5.0

                              Very satisfied

                              By Sangio

                              from Milan, Italy

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Home
                                • Studio

                                Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

                                Incredible results on indoor shooting.
                                Easy to use.
                                A litte bit too much expensive

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                                3.0

                                Initial disappointment

                                By John Turner

                                from Great Falls, MT

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Bulky

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

                                  After researching this product I believed that it would give me accurate white balance for ambient exposures made under artificial lighting. One of my regular shooting locations is a ballroom with a very red color cast. My CBL Lens arrived earlier this week. After reading the manual and watching the included video disc I attempted to make an accurate white balance in the ballroom. I shot the white side of the lens from a variety of angles and in several locations throughout the room; I used different lenses; I even tried using the grey side for white balancing. All of my 'white balanced' exposures came out looking like they were shot through orange Jello. Finally I just gave up on the CBL and switched to Kelvin mode and dialed all the way down to 2500K, and that gave me the most accurate scene rendition.

                                  Don't take this review as my final verdict; I might have been using the device in too extreme a lighting condition to get the proper results. However, since I have seen nothing but glowing reviews about this product I felt an alternative perspective might be helpful.

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                                  5.0

                                  Like Whoa

                                  By R. Thomas

                                  from Atlanta, GA

                                  About Me Semi-Professional

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

                                    Besides the atrociously translated PowerPoint show and manual this is a must have piece of equipment. I didn't know how wonderful the colours my camera could produce were until I used this. It also comes with a strange box that has silk lining . . . more appropriate for panties? - probably. Besides all of its (silly") drawbacks GET THIS ITEM NOW!!! It's worth the rather steep cost. Buy once, cry once.

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                                    5.0

                                    Just by one!

                                    By cameleer

                                    from Hamburg, Germany

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Not cheap but very good

                                    Cons

                                    • Did´n find one

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Universal

                                    Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

                                    Perfect white balance! Perfect light-metering with the grey backside!
                                    Before bying the CBL i used "flash" as standard and did the rest in Photoshop, because other default settings never exactly did what i want.
                                    Even taking infrared-photos works great! The camera-monitor shows black white images at once, no color cast! I only have to do some contrast corrections for a perfect IR-photo!

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                                    5.0

                                    Color Balance Lens - review

                                    By Mike C

                                    from High Point, NC

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy and Quick to use

                                    Cons

                                    • Must get a good test shot

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

                                      All I can say is buy this product. It works great. I use it for portraits inside and some outside work. Once I balance my camera I'm all set, just shoot. Make sure if you have any default or set custom white balance, it's set to all zeros for the white balance to start, then do your shot and set the balance picture of the CBL. It seems to work best if you get a good close up shot of the CBL, not angled to one side which can produce glare in the white balance picture shot. Make sure to read the manual entirely to get the best results. I can't say enough good things about this product, very satisfied.

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                                      5.0

                                      Pleasantly surprised

                                      By Don

                                      from Geneva, IL

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

                                      I was getting a little yellow shift from my studio lighting. I tried different camera settings and color temperatures,on my Canon 5D, but I still had to make a minor adjustment in Photoshop.
                                      As soon as I got the CBL lens, I did one test shot, per the instructions, then photographed a Senior. Wow they look great.

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                                      5.0

                                      A well-priced color balancing tool.

                                      By Nizar

                                      from Toronto, Canada

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Good Value
                                      • High Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Mixed Lighting Situations

                                        Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

                                        I use this "lens" in mixed lighting situations e.g. at a dinner party in a living room with different light sources scattered about the room; this would normally result in photos with strong color cast and inconsistent photos. With a little bit of practice I quickly learned how to use the CBL Color Balance Lens to improve colors in my photographs. The visually illustrated instruction manual that shows how to setup various brands of camera was most useful. Unlike what other reviewers have suggested, I did not think it was too wordy although there are some obvious grammatical and spelling errors that can easily be fixed with the help of a good editor.

                                        Nizar Jiwan
                                        Frequent B & H customer from Canada

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                                        5.0

                                        Nice product

                                        By Canonken

                                        from Harrisburg, PA

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                        • East to setup and use

                                        Cons

                                        • Lacking instructions

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Low lighting
                                        • Mixed lighting

                                        Comments about CBL Lens CBL Color Balance Lens - 110mm Large Disc:

                                        I am a Canon 40D user. The auto white balance on the 40D is great in all of the basic modes. The 40D creative modes allow settings such as color temperature, shade, tungsten light, fluroescent light, etc. These also work pretty well, but not as well as I'd like. I purchased the CBL lens to make the white balance better whithout going to Photoshop when shooting in the creative modes using the camera's custom white setting. The CBL lens works great once you get used to using it. The real color really pops and I do not have to do much work on the shots afterwards in photoshop.

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