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Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool

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You Pay: $49.00
Product Highlights
  • Capture Accurate Color w/o Trial & Error
  • Spectrally Neutral
  • Reference Values to Adjust RAW Settings
  • Black Trap for Shadow Detail Control
  • Able to Set Color Temperature Value
  • Adjust Shadow/Highlight Detail in RAW
  • Ideal for Studio or Location Shooting
  • Also Works in JPEG Workflow
  • Protective Storage Pouch

The SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool from Datacolor is a compact (1.5"/3.8 cm square), digital color balancing tool that not only allows you to correct the color temperature but also the exposure, brightness and black point of your images. The SpyderCUBE is a spectrally neutral three-dimensional tool that's small enough to fit in your pocket or camera bag and gives you all the features needed to easily adjust your images in post-production. Its multi-sided construction allows special attention to highlights and shadows, and contains more features for image control than a gray card or white balance tool.

Just place the SpyderCUBE in the lighting conditions under which you will be photographing. Orient the cube so that the lower black face, containing the black trap, is at the bottom front, and the two split white/gray faces are both visible. Take a photograph that includes the Cube. It makes several measurements that make it possible for you to be confident that your colors are accurate, your shadows and highlights are properly exposed, and your image is adjusted to the ideal density, regardless of the lighting conditions. These functions give you the data you need:

1 Chrome Ball - Measures catchlight to analyze specular highlights.
2 White Face(s) - Define highlights in relation to catchlight.
3 Gray Face(s) - Measures color temperature and midtone response.
4 Black Face - Defines shadows in relation to black trap.
5 Black Trap - Defines absolute black.

By using SpyderCUBE under the same lighting conditions as your photos, you can optimally adjust all the
photos in RAW conversion using the information the Spyder 3D shot provides. The SpyderCUBE is easy enough for the advanced amateur and sophisticated enough for professionals.

Reference tool to achieve accurate colors without trial-and-error operations in RAW processing.
SpyderCUBE provides all relevant light information for the RAW adjustments:
* Chrome Ball to measure catchlight to analyze overexposed areas.
* White Faces to define highlights in relation to catchlight.
* Spectrally neutral 18% Grey Faces to measure color temperature and midtones in all lighting conditions.
* Black Trap to define absolute black.
* Black Face to define shadows in relation to black trap.
Easy to use and compatible with all RAW converter software.
Essential for RAW processing but can also be used when processing images in a JPG workflow.
Small and handy, it fits in any photo bag
Ideal for location shooting (outdoor or indoor) and studios
Capture accurate color without a lot of trial and error manipulation
Spectrally Neutral, so that the Cube responds accurately to all lighting conditions
Provides reference values to check and adjust RAW control settings
Includes Black Trap for shadow detail control
Allows users to instantly correct color images by setting color temperature value
Allows users to accurately adjust shadows and highlight detail in any RAW image
Construction ABS Cycoloy, a hybrid resin that is fade proof, extremely durable, and flame/shock resistant
Dimensions 1.5" (3.8 cm) square
Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool
  • Protective Pouch
  • Quick Start Guide (available in 10 languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
  • 2-Year Hardware Warranty
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    DatacolorSpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool
     
    4.7

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (11)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Durable (7)
    • Compact (6)
    • Reliable (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family photos (6)
      • Travel (6)
      • Portraits (4)
      • Weddings (4)
      • Landscape/scenery (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Stop 'guessing' with white balance

      If you shoot RAW and want to take the guess work out of white balance then this is the easiest way. The cube is very small & weighs nothing so it's easy to...Read complete review

      If you shoot RAW and want to take the guess work out of white balance then this is the easiest way. The cube is very small & weighs nothing so it's easy to keep in a camera/gear bag. Take one shot with the cube in the scene facing the camera and later use that shot in Lightroom (or other RAW processing program) to correct color & exposure.
      So far I've used it in situations with mixed/strange lighting and it works great. I like that it has a tripod mount. (comes with instructions, soft case & neck strap)

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not sure how I feel

      Great concept, but nothing special in practical use. I think I prefer my trusty old color checker, which gives me a more accurate white balance, and enables me to set highlights and shadows...Read complete review

      Great concept, but nothing special in practical use. I think I prefer my trusty old color checker, which gives me a more accurate white balance, and enables me to set highlights and shadows just as well. The pocket color checker fits in a shirt pocket. The Spyder cube is okay if you don't have any other WB tool, but I wouldn't recommend it if you have anything else. I think there are better options available.

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      4.0

      Effort Saving Device

      By Doug

      from Van Wert, Ohio

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

      • Perhaps A Bit Costly

      Best Uses

      • Event Photography
      • Portraiture

      Comments about Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool:

      Works great for establishing appropriate white balance in-camera and correct exposure post production. Easy to use, though I suggest watching some of the tutorials on the net to supplement the manual.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      4.0

      First Time Used

      By Travis

      from Charleston, SC

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Simple To Use

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Family Photography
      • Portrait Photography

      Comments about Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool:

      I used the SpyderCUBE with my last family photo shoot. I had one of the family members hold the cube in the first photo. Once into Camera Raw it was very easy to set the white balance, blacks, mids. Really simplified everything,no need to search for something to set white balance off anymore.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      great for setting white/black levels

      By Steve

      from Nboro Ma

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography
        • Portraits
        • Studio
        • Traveling

        Comments about Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool:

        easy to use when taking pics. easy to use in LR or PS. Accurate.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not sure how I feel

        By Lou

        from Birmingham, AL

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool:

              Great concept, but nothing special in practical use. I think I prefer my trusty old color checker, which gives me a more accurate white balance, and enables me to set highlights and shadows just as well. The pocket color checker fits in a shirt pocket. The Spyder cube is okay if you don't have any other WB tool, but I wouldn't recommend it if you have anything else. I think there are better options available.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Spyder cube

              By Love cats

              from Santa Barbara, CA

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Portraits
                • Studio

                Comments about Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool:

                This cube gives accurate neutral color in any photo. I use it with my pet photography and it is easy to use. I like that it has 2 sides of gray and white giving a more custom neutral color depending on the lighting. I have not found the black hole all that useful in my case but cube is much better than carrying a grey card as it is very small and takes very little space in my camera bag. I highly recommend this product..

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I love this thing!

                By arussarts

                from Washington DC

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Architectural photography

                  Comments about Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool:

                  I use this whenever I can on architectural interiors. It's invaluable for color balancing mixed lighting. My only complaint is that there is no simple way to leave three of them in a scene for the full bracket, i.e.. no way to easily velcro them to a wall. Otherwise, I love it.

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Simple small calibration point, if used

                  By Tseg

                  from Detroit, MI

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable
                  • Small

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool:

                    Does as designed. When used, works well. I recently took some photos of an idyllic mountain town in tough lighting conditions and forgot to use the spydercube. It made post-processing very time consuming and questioning one's self whether you got it right. When using the cube I can quickly and confidently process a photo or batch.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Small and Portable

                    By W

                    from St. Charles, MO

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool:

                      All you have to do is place it next to your subject and take a picture concentrating on the brightest top grey patch and fill as much of the picture with it and while a little out of focus take the picture. Set your white balance to this picture for your grey reference. You can also use it when shooting RAW as your grey scale reference.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Simple Tool

                      By Shutterhawk

                      from Undisclosed

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool:

                        Great product that easily fits in any bag or jacket pocket. Simple to use at any location and takes just a few seconds in post processing to nail the perfect white balance for any shot!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Love the size!

                        By ggw

                        from San Augustine, TX

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool:

                          The Spydercube has been great and so convenient. I used to carry a card around instead and would spend more time looking for it than using it.

                          I would recommend the Spyder Cube to assist with color calibration.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Cool Product - Makes A Difference

                          By Hillbilly

                          from USA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool:

                              This product makes adjusting your white balance a lot easier. Its small size makes it easy to keep in your gear bag.

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Stop 'guessing' with white balance

                              By FCP

                              from New York, NY

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Still Life Photos
                                • Travel
                                • Underwater
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool:

                                If you shoot RAW and want to take the guess work out of white balance then this is the easiest way. The cube is very small & weighs nothing so it's easy to keep in a camera/gear bag. Take one shot with the cube in the scene facing the camera and later use that shot in Lightroom (or other RAW processing program) to correct color & exposure.
                                So far I've used it in situations with mixed/strange lighting and it works great. I like that it has a tripod mount. (comes with instructions, soft case & neck strap)

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                A good addition to my bag

                                By Gary

                                from Woodinville, WA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easy to Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Macro
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool:

                                  The SpyderCube works as advertised. I went to a local vendor demo of other Spyder products and after seeing them use the Cube, I had to have one. I have not been disappointed.

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                                  • No

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  A ¨must have¨.

                                  By Gilles

                                  from Sept-Iles,QC,Can.

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool:

                                    Very simple to use,compact,you really need it if you plan to make serious photography.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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