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DatacolorSpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool
 
4.5

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Durable (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Reliable (4)

Cons

No 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 (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simple small calibration point, if used

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...Read complete review

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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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Spyder Cube

By Amit Kumar

from India

Comments about Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool:

Good product. But quality needs to be improved

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good for a year...

By doanphoto

from la, ca

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Convenient
  • Easy To Use
  • Firm Mount
  • Light weight
  • Super Portable

Cons

  • Color Shifts Over Time
  • Needs To Be Replaced Afte

Best Uses

  • Color Correction

Comments about Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool:

Purchased this a few years ago and have used it about once a month in studio and location. It tends to color balance to warmer tone but works well. After a year I noticed one side gradually shift in color to off white/warmer grey. Guess if i want a cooler color balance that works out just fine. I tried emailing Datacolor but did not receive a response. I wouldn't buy this again unless i'm ok that by end of 2 years there will be some discoloration. Yes I kept the cube in the little black velvet pouch provided all the time.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Wb tool

By Isaac

from El paso

Comments about Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool:

I have known about this tool from this company foe some time. After some research I decided I liked the 3d ability, to set wb and also measure for both 255 white, white with detail, and both blacks (black with details and black trap absolute black). I shoot small items and jewelry. I wanted something other than a flat card. No complaints. It does the job well.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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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    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not sure how I feel

    By Lou

    from Birmingham, AL

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    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..

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      • 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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        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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • 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!

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              • 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)

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                      • 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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