Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool

Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool

Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool

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Product Highlights

  • Capture Accurate Color w/o Trial & Error
  • Spectrally Neutral
  • Reference Values to Adjust RAW Settings
  • Black Trap for Shadow Detail Control
  • Able to Set Color Temperature Value
  • Adjust Shadow/Highlight Detail in RAW
  • Ideal for Studio or Location Shooting
  • Also Works in JPEG Workflow
  • Protective Storage Pouch
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  • 1Description

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

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

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

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

Reference tool to achieve accurate colors without trial-and-error operations in RAW processing.
SpyderCUBE provides all relevant light information for the RAW adjustments:
* Chrome Ball to measure catchlight to analyze overexposed areas.
* White Faces to define highlights in relation to catchlight.
* Spectrally neutral 18% Grey Faces to measure color temperature and midtones in all lighting conditions.
* Black Trap to define absolute black.
* Black Face to define shadows in relation to black trap.
Easy to use and compatible with all RAW converter software.
Essential for RAW processing but can also be used when processing images in a JPG workflow.
Small and handy, it fits in any photo bag
Ideal for location shooting (outdoor or indoor) and studios
Capture accurate color without a lot of trial and error manipulation
Spectrally Neutral, so that the Cube responds accurately to all lighting conditions
Provides reference values to check and adjust RAW control settings
Includes Black Trap for shadow detail control
Allows users to instantly correct color images by setting color temperature value
Allows users to accurately adjust shadows and highlight detail in any RAW image
UPC: 719821326847
In the Box
Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool
  • Protective Pouch
  • Quick Start Guide (available in 10 languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty on Hardware
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    Datacolor Cube specs

    Construction ABS Cycoloy, a hybrid resin that is fade proof, extremely durable, and flame/shock resistant
    Dimensions 1.5" (3.8 cm) square
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    Package Weight 0.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.2 x 3.2 x 2.8"

    Datacolor Cube reviews

    SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 23.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for a year... 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.
    Date published: 2015-03-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Interiors I use this cube primarily for real estate shoots where the interiors have really tough mixed light from the electrical lights to light coming through the windows. White balance can be nasty some times. The worst situation for digital cameras are rooms with the old wood paneling or those 70's shag floors in red or green. I place the cube in the room and it gets me pretty close after using the color picker in Lightroom. I can place the cube in the room and it just looks like a little collectible and only geeky photographers would actually know what it is. Great tool and would highly recommend it.
    Date published: 2018-08-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stop 'guessing' with white balance If you shoot RAW and want to take the guess work out of white balance then this is the easiest way. The cube is very small & weighs nothing so it's easy to 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)
    Date published: 2011-12-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small and Portable 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.
    Date published: 2012-05-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2013-06-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the size! 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.
    Date published: 2012-03-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 and questioning one's self whether you got it right. When using the cube I can quickly and confidently process a photo or batch.
    Date published: 2012-07-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Simple 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!
    Date published: 2012-04-20
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