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Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc

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Product Highlights

  • Quick and Accurate Custom White Balance
  • Portable with Easy-to-Use Handle
  • For Digital Photo and Video Cameras
  • For In-camera and Post-production Use
  • Works with Lenses of Up to 95mm Diameter
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The Universal White Balance Handheld Disc from Vello provides a quick and easy way to set precise custom white balance on your digital camera or video recorder. Accurate white balance settings will result in consistently faithful colors in your images. 

Able to work with any digital camera that has custom white balance settings, the white balance disc is portable, easy to hold and works with any lens diameter up to 95mm. With your camera on manual focus mode and the desired aperture set, simply hold the Universal White Balance Handheld Disc in front of your lens, point the camera toward the same light illuminating your subject, and shoot. Use this image as the reference when setting white balance on the custom white balance function in your camera's menu.

This disc can be used to set white balance in-camera or when you are adjusting color in post-production. With a large handle, strap hole, and wide diameter, the Universal White Balance Handheld Disc is easy to use, and being lightweight, flat and sturdy, it stores and transports easily.

Allows for quick and accurate setting of custom white balance.
Helps eliminate undesirable color casts from images
Works with any digital camera or video recorder able to set custom white balance
Compatible with lenses up to 95mm in diameter
Large handle with strap hole and wide diameter provide easy usage
Works for in-camera or post-production white balance setting
Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    VelloUniversal White Balance Handheld Disc
     
    4.3

    (based on 35 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    81%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (24)
    • Lightweight (18)
    • Compact (14)
    • Durable (14)
    • Great picture quality (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Weddings (13)
      • Family photos (12)
      • Landscape/scenery (11)
      • Sports/action (7)
      • Travel (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (9), Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (28)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Incredibly useful tool for video

      I keep this disc in the thin mesh pocket at the top of our EOS Rebel DSLR bag and I plan on having it handy everywhere I go to shoot an event. This is...Read complete review

      I keep this disc in the thin mesh pocket at the top of our EOS Rebel DSLR bag and I plan on having it handy everywhere I go to shoot an event. This is an incredibly useful tool for whenever the white balance presets built into the camera seem to skip over the exact temperature you need for an area (having a Canon t3i for video without the ability to manually dial an exact K value makes this disc a God-send). For scenarios that aren't run-and-gun, using this disc has become a requirement for getting the most accurate color balance possible in camera without dealing with the headache of color correction in post.

      There are times where placing it in front of the lens and snapping a photo of a light source gets a completely 100% off white balance that is green, but that happens on very rare occasions.

      I haven't had any issues with the build quality of it as I tend to be pretty delicate with equipment, but it's a kind of plastic construction that definitely doesn't come across as being indestructible. Because it's sized for basically any kind of lens, it probably won't fit in your pocket. Otherwise, the white balance it gives you for its size is wonderful.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not consistent

      I tried using this Vello Disc over and over but it always seemed to be to blue or green or yellow. I currently use a Expodisc which nails the WB on almost every shot...Read complete review

      I tried using this Vello Disc over and over but it always seemed to be to blue or green or yellow. I currently use a Expodisc which nails the WB on almost every shot but the Vello didn't nail it very often at all. The expodisc I currently use is to small for one of my larger lenses, I ordered the Vello because it was way cheaper than the Larger Expodisc, I will now just order the largest Expodisc I can get.

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      3.0

      Too much effort for the result

      By RamonaSteve

      from Ramona, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Inconsistent Results
      • Too Much Effort

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

        I was looking for an easy way to get accurate white balance without having a reference in the image. THe disc works OK in simple lighting conditions but does not perform well with backlighting, for example. Also, it is a lot of work. Need to set up the camera at the subject position, shoot and image, tell camera to use that image for white balance and then after repositioning the camera, I can finally capture the image. Since I am primarily a nature photographer, I frequently cannot get to the subject position and do not have the time for all of the set up.

        I suspect this will be yet another gadget collecting dust in my camera bag.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great product

        By Willie Baby

        from Houston

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

        I compared it to 18% Grey Card and I got the same result. However, this disc is a lot easier to use than a grey card because with the card one has to fill the entire viewfinder with the grey card. That means you must get so close to the card that you cast your own shadow against the card, thus ruining your calibration. There is no chance of that with this Vello disc.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Away with AWB

        By Anakgapo

        from Chula Vista

        Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

        I use this for custom white balance when using my camera indoors under fluorescent and incandescent lighting. Makes my photo colors more accurate than using my camera's white balance setting under these lighting conditions. Good accessory.

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        5.0

        Nice, Very Nice to have

        By Hammerhead

        from Cedar City, Utah

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

        • Needs A Leather Case

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

        Once you have this you will love the ease of using it

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        Very suitable

        By Bamaphotog

        from Montgomery, AL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

          Very easy to use. I purchased this item as a tool for WB adjustment for infrared photography. I get the WB I wanted which helps with post processing.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Bag must have

          By Ostyle

          from Chicago

          Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

          I love this. Never leave home without it. Perfect white balance every time

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          4.0

          Works as advertised

          By Rich Ard

          from Kingwood, Texas

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

          AWB disc works well. I have a tulip 77mm lens hood on my lens. I place it over that and set my white balance. The handle has an hole which is nice. I took a photo ID lanyard I had and attached it to the disc. Then I just hand it around my neck. As the light color changes (goes from sunny to cloudy or if I'm shooting indoors and moving room to room) I re-program my white balance. I've used it a few times already and, compared to auto or any of the presets for AWB, the colors come out great. My last shoot was a youth basketball game. I used a high ISO (3200). Colors came out really good (white jerseys looked white, not yellow or blue). This helps speed up my post-processing. The down size is I use a 18mm-300mm lens (a bit heavy. So at first it was tricky holding it in front of the lens. My method now is just to rest the lens on the forearm of the hand I use to hold the disc.

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          • No

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          5.0

          A MUST HAVE...,

          By Indio

          from San Antonio, Texas

          Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

          Ease the post work you have to do in editing. Get it right the first time. Procedure takes no extra time and the pay off is huge. If you change set ups reshoot for another white balance and your ready for great looking images and video.

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          5.0

          Cost effective and gets job done

          By Hong Kong Cat

          from Hong Kong

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Like That Handle

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

            its only 10% of the cost of similar items

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Improves photo and video quality

            By Princeton Photographer

            from Princeton, NJ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                For the longest time I relied on Auto White Balance. Don't. This disc improves image quality in both photo and video. Easy to carry on location.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Handy product for proper White Balance

                By ClassicSax

                from Buffalo, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoor Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                  This is a White Balance Disk that you can carry easily in a camera bag or jacket pocket. It is large enough to accommodate most lenses. Proper "white balance" is crucial in indoor environment, especially gymnasiums, reception halls, etc.
                  To use this product it is important to go to your subject and to point the camera (with the disk) at the light exposing your subject.
                  Before buying, make sure that your camera can do a "custom" white balance and follow the camera manual instructions to

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Incredibly useful tool for video

                  By Sean the amateur videographer

                  from Fairfax, VA

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy Construction

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                  I keep this disc in the thin mesh pocket at the top of our EOS Rebel DSLR bag and I plan on having it handy everywhere I go to shoot an event. This is an incredibly useful tool for whenever the white balance presets built into the camera seem to skip over the exact temperature you need for an area (having a Canon t3i for video without the ability to manually dial an exact K value makes this disc a God-send). For scenarios that aren't run-and-gun, using this disc has become a requirement for getting the most accurate color balance possible in camera without dealing with the headache of color correction in post.

                  There are times where placing it in front of the lens and snapping a photo of a light source gets a completely 100% off white balance that is green, but that happens on very rare occasions.

                  I haven't had any issues with the build quality of it as I tend to be pretty delicate with equipment, but it's a kind of plastic construction that definitely doesn't come across as being indestructible. Because it's sized for basically any kind of lens, it probably won't fit in your pocket. Otherwise, the white balance it gives you for its size is wonderful.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Works, but questionable utility

                  By Kurt

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                  • Questionable Use

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                  The concept here is interesting and this works perfectly, but I'm not sure about the utility of this sort of a product. It lets you perfectly white balance your scene by taking a test shot. However, here's a scenario that I found: I took a test shot in my tungsten-lit living room with the disc. I then used that shot to set the white balance with my Canon 5D Mark 3. I then took a regular shot of the room. The tungsten light was now perfectly white as advertised. The question is: Is this what you really want? To my eyes, I know the lights aren't supposed to be white - they look orangish (CTO) in real life. The perfect white isn't what I'd use in post processing.

                  So, while it worked exactly as advertised in my limited testing, I don't know when I would use this, except for maybe try to balance out a tricky florescent scene.

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Not consistent

                  By rafa

                  from San Diego, Ca

                  Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                  Getting the hang of it. Some time it gives me a green cast.

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                  4.0

                  Works

                  By Lizard

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                      I may come back to give it 5 stars after I've used it enough to figure out it's limitations as on a whale watch tour It gave me a warmer tone then I was hoping for. Could have been my technique. For the most part I have been extremely happy with this product.

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      Good for the Money

                      By Rudy DeSort Photography

                      from Kildeer, IL

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                          Okay for setting the custom white balance.
                          I use a gray card most of the time to set white balance but there are times when the disc is useful.
                          great the the casual photographer

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          White balance

                          By Big H

                          from Naples FL

                          Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                          Perfect size for all lens diameters

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                          2.0

                          Easy to use, but doesn't do the job

                          By Martin

                          from Chicago, IL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                          • Inaccurate

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                            Bought this looking for an easy, accurate way to set white balance. It can't get any easier than holding this disc in front of the lens.

                            Unfortunately, results are inconsistent. In one situation, I had absolutely perfect white balance. However, every other time I have used this disc in tungsten lighting, I ended up with colors that lean toward bluish green.

                            I'll give this disc a few more tries in other lighting conditions, hoping I find one in which it excels. Otherwise, I'm going back to the Vello white balance cards I have been using.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Improved white balance

                            By Piper Don

                            from Kent, CT

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                              Its a great tool to help balance color in poor conditions. I have used it to make grey exposure and copy paste spec's in Lightroom and also changed custom balance in the camera. I did find that in addition to turning auto focus off, I had to be sure zoom lens was at maximum to blur the Disc prisms and get a smooth grey exposure. Worth the money and will use it when time allows at various assignments

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              White Balance Handheld Disc

                              By Biketrash

                              from Austin, Texas

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Video

                                Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                                This thing works great. Very easy to use with my Canon 7d. I attached it to a neck lanyard so it's easy to carry around.

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                                • No

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