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Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc

B&H # VEWBDU Mfr # WB-DU
You Pay: $34.95
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

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 24 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    79%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (18)
    • Lightweight (13)
    • Durable (11)
    • Compact (9)
    • Great picture quality (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Weddings (9)
      • Family photos (8)
      • Landscape/scenery (7)
      • Sports/action (5)
      • Travel (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (6), Pro photographer (6), Semi-pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (20)

      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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      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.

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      • No

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      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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                    1.0

                    Not consistent

                    By Eddie

                    from Grants, NM

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • None

                    Cons

                    • Cheap Not Accurate

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                      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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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      It works and speeds up my work-flow

                      By Patrick C

                      from Switzerland

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Weird Lighting

                        Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                        It works and speeds up my work-flow, there's not much more to say.
                        The only downside is that it would block my macro flash, but I've got grey cards for that.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        A necessity for in field critical W/B

                        By Mercer

                        from Maui Hawaii

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Post Grading Necessity

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                        Prefect white balance on dslr's is a must for maximum post color grading flexibility. This is built for the single shooter without crew. It's form factor is for easy storage, accessibility, and quick use. Don't waste time with hard to use large cards that flap in the wind. I use this 95% in the field and the rest of the time I use Doug Jenson's Vortex Smart Cards for studio and preset up underwater shooting. The Vello is durable and there is nothing better on the market.

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great tool

                        By Sailor

                        from Providence, RI

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                            This is a great tool to help in getting your white balance. Easy to use although you need to take off your lens hood to use.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Best white balance tool

                            By Shane

                            from Aviano, Italy

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                              This is the best white balance tool i have used. I used the WhiBal card and sometimes it wasn't accurate but this is always accurate and easy to use for in camera custom white balance.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Works like a Charm

                              By All Balanced

                              from Phoenix, AZ

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                                  Easy to use! I'm just kinda wishing I had gotten a white balance disc that was attached to a lens cap because I'm realizing that carrying this around is going to be a real pain.

                                  I mostly only use it for indoor shooting, because I find that the Canon auto white balance is terrible indoors.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Great, Multi size white balance disk.

                                  By Farid

                                  from Dallas, TX

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                                    I used Universal White Balance Handheld Disc in deferment light situation like in door mixed light or out door flash photography and taking photo from cutting cake with a few candles . It works great .Just put your lens in manual focus, point to the subject and take a picture via Universal White Balance Handheld Disc and use this photo as your custom white balance photo in your camera menu.You can use this guy to correct your camcorder white balance.
                                    Also you can use this whit balance disk with all size of lens.

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                                    5.0

                                    Love IT

                                    By Drexel Mitchell Photography

                                    from Atlanta GA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Great Picture Quality
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Bulky

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                                      Did a compare of auto white balance and using this and the richness of tones is so much deeper with the disc, I will never use auto again.

                                      Canon 5D M III

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                                      5.0

                                      It does the job as intended

                                      By Ted

                                      from New Lebanon, NY

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Good Video Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Video

                                        Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                                        I purchased this to use with my newly purchased Panasonic AG-HPX170. The colors of the video seem true when white balancing with this device. It's durable which is nice. You need to follow the instructions, though. Remember to keep the video camera in manual focus, etc.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Perfect and Easy White Balance

                                        By JWC

                                        from Albuquerque, NM

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Family Photos
                                          • Weddings/Events

                                          Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                                          This disc is easy to use and sets the white balance perfect. Much better than Auto. The Disc produces whites, while auto can produce a warmer yellow white. This disc produces the cool white pop that I like.

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Super useful

                                          By CDG

                                          from NYC

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy to Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Weddings/Events

                                            Comments about Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc:

                                            I'm using it for weddings and it's great. Easy to use and great results. The plus is that you can place it fast and get a WB reading, set it and keep on working in less than 1 min.

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