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Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle

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Product Highlights
  • Full-Featured Workflow Tools
  • Softproof Tools
  • Extensive Editing Functions
  • Create Printer, Ink & Paper Profiles
  • Calibrate Monitor, Laptop Computer,
  • iPad, iPhone & Projector
  • Fourth-Generation Sensor
  • SpyderCUBE for RAW Balance Adjustment

If you're a photographer looking for a complete color calibration solution with the highest level of color control, and flexibility in post-production -- Datacolor's SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle could be for you. This kit provides everything you need from shoot, to edit, to print for superior accuracy and color management.

You'll have the tools to achieve reliable real-world colors using solutions like RAW camera calibration and custom ICC printer profiles. This kit offers the results of professional studios and is easy-to-use, so it can accommodate your demanding day-to-day digital workflow.

Spyder4ELITE

Advanced colorimeter automates and simplifies display calibration
Install software, attach the Spyder to the USB port and you'll be guided through the setup wizard
Sensor measures a series of colors on your screen and creates a profile that brings your display to reference state; you can compare how the images look before and after
Patented, full-spectrum 7-color sensor that can accurately characterize a variety of wide gamut and normal gamut displays
Spyder4ELITE software lets you use the same sensor to calibrate your monitor, laptop computer, iPad, iPhone and projector
This fourth-generation sensor uses double-shielded filters for longer life and better performance; accuracy is on average 26% improved over Spyder3

SpyderPRINT

The spectrocolorimeter in SpyderPRINT lets you create profiles for your printers, inks and papers
Install the software, print your choice of targets with your printer and use the SpyderGuide device to guide you through the calibration and profile-building process
SpyderProof feature provides a series of images to help you evaluate detail and compare it with your images
Additional features within the software make it easy to adjust profile settings and achieve the best printed output for your images
Handles RGB printer profiles but not CMYK

SpyderCUBE

Three-dimensional white and contrast balancing tool
Portable solution for photographers to capture an image with the proper data needed to manage all elements of proper lighting to begin the creative process
Accelerates RAW processing by giving references to set the white balance, exposure, black level and brightness correctly from the beginning
Take a reference shot under the same light condition, adjust, save as a preset and apply to your entire series -- it's that easy!
System Requirements Windows XP 32/64, Windows Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64
Mac OS X Panther (10.4), Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6) and Lion (10.7)
Color monitor with at least 1024 x 768 resolution (1024 x 600 netbook option) or front projector
24-bit video card
Powered USB port
Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle
  • Spyder4ELITE Colorimeter
  • Desktop Cradle / Tripod Mount
  • SpyderPRINT Spectrocolorimeter and Base
  • SpyderGuide
  • 6' (1.8 m) USB Cable
  • SpyderCUBE With Protective Pouch
  • Spyder4ELITE and SpyderPRINT Software CD
  • Quick Start Guides (in 10 Languages)
  • Metal Case
  • Free Online Support
  • 1-Year Warranty
    (2-Year Warranty for Countries of the EU)
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    DatacolorSpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle
     
    3.9

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    77%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Reliable (6)
    • Easy to use (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (7)
      • Studio (7)
      • Everyday (6)
      • Landscape photography (5)
      • Home (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (5), Semi-professional (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Information on Using SpyderStudio

      I provided an earlier review of this system, and I'd like to add some additional information, advice actually, specifically on producing printer profiles.

      First, it is quite helpful to...Read complete review

      I provided an earlier review of this system, and I'd like to add some additional information, advice actually, specifically on producing printer profiles.

      First, it is quite helpful to carefully read the comments in-line on color management in general.

      Second, it is very important to read the comments on how to read the color strips on the charts you print. It takes some practice to do this successfully.

      In the few weeks that I've been using this system, I can by now pretty reliably read the color strips, but there are always a few to several patches that need to be re-read.

      You need to carefully check the displayed charts on the monitor, switching repeatedly between the expected and measured results. You do this by pressing "1" and "3" alternately as explained in the software. This will allow you to compare and see which patches have been misread. Re-reading those patches is simply a matter of using your mouse to select that patch on the monitor, placing the spectrophotometer directly on that printed patch, and pressing the button on the spectrophotometer to obtain an additional reading.

      You don't need to re-read the whole strip, just the patch that is wrong. Also, since the software expects you to go on immediately to the next patch (as if you're reading the whole strip), you need to wait at that point for the cursor to return by itself to the beginning of that row, and then use your mouse to select the next patch that you need to re-read. Once you are sure you've captured all the correct patches, you can save and close the measurement file.

      Doing it carefully this way, I have produced profiles that exceed the accuracy of Epson's profiles for their paper. If you have some misread patches that are not corrected, you'll get unpredictable results. Getting it right gives you a very accurate profile matched to your specific printer and paper.

      As I said in my earlier review, this is a good system when used carefully.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Disappointed...RMAed

      I mainly choose the SpyderStudio because of the price ... Looking toward a complete solution from Camera -edition-print
      The SpyderElite seen good (monitor) but the SpyderPrint is not that good!Read complete review

      I mainly choose the SpyderStudio because of the price ... Looking toward a complete solution from Camera -edition-print
      The SpyderElite seen good (monitor) but the SpyderPrint is not that good!
      Hard to print Un color managed Print target
      The Scanning is all but unreliable... because of the poorly design plastic rule that come with the package.
      You must use the "fast-drag and Stop" scanning method to obtain reliable results (learned that after more than 4000 swatches scan)
      -The WebSite from Datacolor have jsut kill the last bit of love left....
      1-They advertise more than 950 Expert-swatches and it's "only" 769
      2-Dead-endd, missing link, 404 Error and "Wooops the pages requested cannot be found" Their Site is like a Swiss Cheese... Awesomely weird and unbelievable !!!
      3-They state Fast 24/7 Support and never been replied !

      But the final blow was the yellow cast i see on almost all my print ... and ist not only me.
      Ink and Paper cost a lot of money and i have ordered the $$$$ i1Photo Pro 2 from X-Rite...

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      5.0

      Spyser studio

      By Reese

      from Chico California

      Comments about Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle:

      I had previously worked with the xrite I publish equivalent. That's the level i was used to working with. I mostly wanted better shadow detail from the Costco Kirkland photo paper. The color munki eventually got slightly better results than running it with printer managed color management. Color munki only has 2 or so pages of patches. Not very accurate. Finally the dial on the color munki is difficult to turn without pressing the button which makes you turn the dial again and you will likely push the button accidentally again. A poor design. If you didn't have to turn the wheel, it would work better. I even had issues getting the monitor profile to save. I count be sure it did anything. You also only get one line to describe all your media, ink and printer settings.

      Spyder studio provides four or so dialogue boxes for all your profile details.

      Spyder studios best printer profile option has like 10 pages of test targets. 700 or so patches. Much more accurate than color munkis 2 page, 200 Ish patches.
      Keep in mind you must sacrifice 10+ pages of potentially expensive media. The resulting profiles are far superior to the color munki. Shadow detail is finally preserved and not totally blown out. Skin tones look dead on.
      Spyder studios monitor profiler worked like a charm and verifies the monitor profile is loaded at boot up. Very nice.
      I'm no longer working professionally, I work for myself now and am on a budget. I might exchange this in favor of x rites monitor utility, abandon printer profileing and stick with canons platinum papers. If you can afford to buy and profile medias with no high quality profiles available, then this is a must have instrument. The metal and foam case is also very nice. The color munki has no case. I haven't used the Spyder cube but I'm sure it works and is also a nice bonus considering the studio isn't much more than the color munki. At this price point, Spyder studio can't be beat.

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      4.0

      Great with photoshop

      By Cy-guy

      from Cypress, TX

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Hard To Set Up
      • Slow

      Best Uses

      • Enhance Experience
      • Photoshop Printing

      Comments about Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle:

      Starting out printing was a constant guessing game between the colors I saw on the monitor and the ones printed on paper. Although I could get decent prints to after trial & error the waste of paper but also the embarrassing prints that came out led me to give in and invest in this. I've seen other reviews on this but having not seen any other like this combo I went ahead and got it. First there's lots to do to prepare your setup. Set up your monitor like it says in the on guides . I calibrated it at night with room lights off and made sure the calibrator completely flat against the screen.
      The Spydeprint can take a couple of tries to get the hang of it. Its not as intuitive to use as people would hope. I did the same thing I did with calibrating the monitor which is I turned off the lights. I put three blank sheets under the calibration sheets printed, two blank for the thicker matte paper. You could the sliding method, but I ended up choosing the slower more tedious method of doing it one by one. There are more prompts after to adjust the print profiles.
      All in all after its all done I could rely on the prints done through without constantly tweaking image adjustments from looking back and forth between print and screen. I'll would say its that hard to set up but I don't think this is the type of gear that's for casual or novice computer users. I would recommend it to a friend but I would also help them set it up.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      1.0

      On Second thought...Follow Up Review

      By paularthur

      from Snohomish, WA

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Pros

        Cons

        • Not Functional

        Best Uses

          Comments about Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle:

          Spyder 4 is good. But SpyderSTUDIO is a waste of money.

          Spyder Print is an unmitigated disaster. DataColor support is dismal. Not once was were my questions answered. I got what appeared to be form letter responses.

          RMA's the Spyder$STUDIO and going with X-Rite X-Rite i1Display Pro and abandoning print profiling altogether.

          We shall see...

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          • No

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          4.0

          Using Photoshop?

          By paularthur

          from Snohomish, WA

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Spyderprint Is Awkward

          Best Uses

          • Camera To Print
          • Everyday use
          • Landscape Photography
          • Macro Photography
          • Portraits
          • Studio

          Comments about Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle:

          You've spent the money. Get what you've paid for.

          If you send your work our for printing you need at least the Spyder. If you produce your own print you really also need Spyder Print. SpyderSTUDIO is a flawless way to see, accurately what you have and what you'll get. Period.

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          • No

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          5.0

          amazing

          By guido bullo

          from chioggia italia

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle:

                finally the pictures are realistic, and print as the original

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                4.0

                Awsome, Awsome, Awsome!

                By kbkellas

                from North Georgia

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Lack Of Good Instuctions

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle:

                This kit is what I have needed for so long but didn't want to lay the cash out for it. Boy am I glad I did now. I am able to get accurate color management from capture to print without having to give it a second thought. The only negative comment I have is that Datacolor should include a in depth set of instructions for those who might not understand color management. The complete lack of any easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions may have some customers returning this product. I am bewildered by their lack of support on this issue. The CD's are supposed to have instructional material, but even that is a FAIL! Two videos and they don't even address calibrating your monitor. Datacolor really dropped the ball on this one issue.

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                • No

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                4.0

                The SpyderStudio is a great bundle!

                By Sam the man

                from Greenville, SC

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle:

                    Made a tremendous difference in the quality of the monitors and printers that I have used it on!

                    Spyder4Elite
                    I received the best, most consistant results after I went to File -> Preferences... -> "Advanced Settings" button -> enable: "Show RGB Sliders option in Identify Controls screen"

                    SpyderPrint
                    The first go around I used the quick 2 page calibration. The prints were very dark on my Konica Color Copier.

                    I reran the calibration using the highest number of color swatches (it was 9 pages long); the results were significantly better!

                    I really like this package! It is easy to use.

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                    • No

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                    1.0

                    Spyder Rebate

                    By Stan

                    from Honolulu, HI

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle:

                          I purchase the product with the rebate in mind. I sent in the required form, UPC, receipt within the the dates indicated. I received a confirmation that the rebate in being process. I received in the mail what looked like a rebate check only to be surprised that it indicated invalid addresss and no further explanation. I've called the number indicated, left messages several times but no response. Is this the kind of service Data Color gives to its customers when offerring rebates for its products.

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                          • No

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                          2.0

                          Disappointed...RMAed

                          By Custommm

                          from Canada

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Difficult To Use
                            • Poor Design
                            • Support

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Not Critical Work

                            Comments about Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle:

                            I mainly choose the SpyderStudio because of the price ... Looking toward a complete solution from Camera -edition-print
                            The SpyderElite seen good (monitor) but the SpyderPrint is not that good!
                            Hard to print Un color managed Print target
                            The Scanning is all but unreliable... because of the poorly design plastic rule that come with the package.
                            You must use the "fast-drag and Stop" scanning method to obtain reliable results (learned that after more than 4000 swatches scan)
                            -The WebSite from Datacolor have jsut kill the last bit of love left....
                            1-They advertise more than 950 Expert-swatches and it's "only" 769
                            2-Dead-endd, missing link, 404 Error and "Wooops the pages requested cannot be found" Their Site is like a Swiss Cheese... Awesomely weird and unbelievable !!!
                            3-They state Fast 24/7 Support and never been replied !

                            But the final blow was the yellow cast i see on almost all my print ... and ist not only me.
                            Ink and Paper cost a lot of money and i have ordered the $$$$ i1Photo Pro 2 from X-Rite...

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Indispensible Tool!

                            By Marty

                            from Anaheim, CA

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Home
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio

                              Comments about Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle:

                              For years I have attempted to print photographs from my computer/monitor/printer system which had never been properly calibrated. I have always wasted countless sheets of expensive printer paper as well as printer ink attempting to zero in on the ideal color/lightness/contrast balances. Now, after loading in and using SpyderSTUDIO to calibrate my display as well as my printer I am now able to print ideally balanced prints virtually every time! I never new what I was missing until now. The cost of the system is not low but it certainly earns it's worth in near perfect results just about every time! I find that only a little tweaking is necessary now for that ideal print.

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                              • No

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great workflow calibration tool!

                              By Keanu

                              from Jacksonville, FL

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • All in one calibration
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Reliable
                              • Time Saving

                              Cons

                              • Cost

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio
                              • Workflow Calibration

                              Comments about Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle:

                              I use Spyder Studio to calibrate by digital workflow from capture to final printing. The Spyder Studio has saved hours of work and lots of ink! The system was easy to install, and guides you through the calibration process with easy to follow menus. After using the Sypder Studio, what I see in my camera, matches what I see on my monitor, and what comes out of my printer!

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                              • No

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                              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Information on Using SpyderStudio

                              By David

                              from New Jersey

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Pros

                              • Accurate
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                              • Hard to read strips

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle:

                              I provided an earlier review of this system, and I'd like to add some additional information, advice actually, specifically on producing printer profiles.

                              First, it is quite helpful to carefully read the comments in-line on color management in general.

                              Second, it is very important to read the comments on how to read the color strips on the charts you print. It takes some practice to do this successfully.

                              In the few weeks that I've been using this system, I can by now pretty reliably read the color strips, but there are always a few to several patches that need to be re-read.

                              You need to carefully check the displayed charts on the monitor, switching repeatedly between the expected and measured results. You do this by pressing "1" and "3" alternately as explained in the software. This will allow you to compare and see which patches have been misread. Re-reading those patches is simply a matter of using your mouse to select that patch on the monitor, placing the spectrophotometer directly on that printed patch, and pressing the button on the spectrophotometer to obtain an additional reading.

                              You don't need to re-read the whole strip, just the patch that is wrong. Also, since the software expects you to go on immediately to the next patch (as if you're reading the whole strip), you need to wait at that point for the cursor to return by itself to the beginning of that row, and then use your mouse to select the next patch that you need to re-read. Once you are sure you've captured all the correct patches, you can save and close the measurement file.

                              Doing it carefully this way, I have produced profiles that exceed the accuracy of Epson's profiles for their paper. If you have some misread patches that are not corrected, you'll get unpredictable results. Getting it right gives you a very accurate profile matched to your specific printer and paper.

                              As I said in my earlier review, this is a good system when used carefully.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Great but need help

                              By Somayyah AlQAHTANI

                              from KSA

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Studio

                                Comments about Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle:

                                I just use the spyder system for monitor calibration from that bag. It is ok.easy to use.
                                I use it with my two laptops macbook pro 17 and Toshiba. the results look like the same but I need help to now if the monitor color now is accurate. because the screen turn to be a kind of soft yellow and the portrait photo like we use filter warm 812 with it.

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                                • No

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                                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Good Complete Color Management Solution

                                By David

                                from New Jersey

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Complete solution
                                • Durable
                                • Excellent packaging
                                • Good quality instruments
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Difficult To Use

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle:

                                This is a good product, or rather set of products. It is a complete solution for color management workflow. It starts with the little cube for exposure and white balance, which is an elegant little tool.

                                The monitor calibration is quite good, and it helps set the monitor brightness, which can be the source of print errors ("my prints are too dark"), so this is important. The color matching is excellent - I have used it to match two large monitors (a 27" iMac and 30" Apple Cinema Display) and the color and brightness match is very good.

                                Print calibration can be a bit problematic initially in the sense that it can be difficult to reliably read the strips of color patches until you get the technique down. However, the software tells you when you've missed a patch, and you can also review the readings (visually) and tell if you need to re-scan a row. This all gets easier with practice.

                                I've found the print profiles as good as or better than Epson's profiles (I use an Epson 3880 printer with various papers). I relish the freedom not to have to worry much any more about correcting color or brightness mismatches between my monitor and the printer output, so now I just worry about my photographic technique and aesthetic judgment.

                                The guy who said the packaging is a cardboard box covered in aluminum foil must have another problem, because the case that the instruments come in is very good quality.

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