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6/25/2018 7:04:05 PM
Posted: 6/21/2018 1:11:19 PM EDT
How many of you do it?

I have been batting around the idea of picking up the Spyder5Pro for the last few weeks and wanted to get the opinion of the subforum hive. The major differences I have seen have been from on screen images and comparing them to prints. I'd rather it be more uniform than trial and error. TIA
Link Posted: 6/21/2018 1:46:10 PM EDT
I calibrate my monitor every month. Which reminds me.....I haven't done it this month.
Link Posted: 6/21/2018 2:03:55 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Kekoa:
I calibrate my monitor every month. Which reminds me.....I haven't done it this month.
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This. I have the spyder5 and it is easy to use.
Link Posted: 6/21/2018 2:09:12 PM EDT
I've gathered its rather easy which is nice. But since I move around my editing(location wise;MacBook) I'm guessing it wouldn't be a terrible idea to do it more often than most.
Link Posted: 6/21/2018 5:25:44 PM EDT
I do it monthly with an Xrite calibrator and aftermarket software that’s more accurate. Plus I leave the sensor plugged in (but capped) to tube screen brightness as I use it.
Link Posted: 6/22/2018 7:08:29 AM EDT
Anyone use products like the SpyderCube or SpyderCheckr?

Gimmicks or useful? The cube seems like a nifty idea, however sometimes you don't get the luxury of having a reference photo for ever collection of shots.
Link Posted: 6/22/2018 7:25:43 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Cobalty2004:
Anyone use products like the SpyderCube or SpyderCheckr?

Gimmicks or useful? The cube seems like a nifty idea, however sometimes you don't get the luxury of having a reference photo for ever collection of shots.
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For commercial stuff for print and take in 14 but aRGB, they’re useful as hell. For 99% or other folks that aren’t going to high definition print or meet requirements, you can balance off a greycard or in post.

The checker/cube/whatever are also for aligning to a specific set of known colors to remove all casts by locking in set points. So if strobe #3 was popping a bit hot or cool, a weird cast from light bounce off someone’s shirt, whatever can be removed and color accuracy is 100% repeatable and reliable. They need replacement every now and again though as UV will fade the cards/chips/swatches.
Link Posted: 6/22/2018 8:53:34 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By NorthPolar:
I do it monthly with an Xrite calibrator and aftermarket software that’s more accurate. Plus I leave the sensor plugged in (but capped) to tube screen brightness as I use it.
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@NorthPolar, what model Xrite do you use? Just looked and there are a few different ones. I just looked at the X-Rite ColorMunki Smile, looks about what I might need and it's $90.
Link Posted: 6/22/2018 10:37:49 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Cobalty2004:
Anyone use products like the SpyderCube or SpyderCheckr?

Gimmicks or useful? The cube seems like a nifty idea, however sometimes you don't get the luxury of having a reference photo for ever collection of shots.
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Have never used those, but I do use the X-Rite ColorChecker.

It is a good tool for getting white balance correct, but it is not for calibrating monitors, of course. I like it, but using it for every shoot creates a bit of a problem because of the number of "shoot specific" profiles you end up with. In a year or two, you could have hundreds of profiles, and keeping track can be a chore (they do have a profile editor program which helps). My solution was to create a set "standard" profiles and that has worked very well for me. And I can still create a specific profile if I want.
Link Posted: 6/22/2018 10:45:14 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By GlockSpeed31:
@NorthPolar, what model Xrite do you use? Just looked and there are a few different ones. I just looked at the X-Rite ColorMunki Smile, looks about what I might need and it's $90.
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Originally Posted By GlockSpeed31:
Originally Posted By NorthPolar:
I do it monthly with an Xrite calibrator and aftermarket software that’s more accurate. Plus I leave the sensor plugged in (but capped) to tube screen brightness as I use it.
@NorthPolar, what model Xrite do you use? Just looked and there are a few different ones. I just looked at the X-Rite ColorMunki Smile, looks about what I might need and it's $90.
I have used the Spyder 2, and also the ColorMunki. They both worked, but after a couple of years, the rubber on the ColorMunki colorimeter started to disintegrate, and turned into a mess of black goo. Had to toss it in the trash.

So, I started using the Spyder 2 colorimeter along with third party software called DisplayCAL. It works well, but takes a while to run (maybe 1.5 hours), and it does not give me a reminder to recalibrate each month. But it seems to be quite good software, and I like it.
Link Posted: 6/22/2018 11:10:35 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By GlockSpeed31:
@NorthPolar, what model Xrite do you use? Just looked and there are a few different ones. I just looked at the X-Rite ColorMunki Smile, looks about what I might need and it's $90.
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Originally Posted By GlockSpeed31:
Originally Posted By NorthPolar:
I do it monthly with an Xrite calibrator and aftermarket software that’s more accurate. Plus I leave the sensor plugged in (but capped) to tube screen brightness as I use it.
@NorthPolar, what model Xrite do you use? Just looked and there are a few different ones. I just looked at the X-Rite ColorMunki Smile, looks about what I might need and it's $90.
I’m using a ColorMunki Display with DisplayCal.
Link Posted: 6/22/2018 5:43:32 PM EDT
Y’all have given me a few new things to look into.
Link Posted: 6/24/2018 1:02:54 PM EDT
Another vote for the Colormunki Display. I haven't tried any other calibration devices but I haven't had any issues with the Colormunki, IMO the software is pretty user friendly and easy to navigate.
Link Posted: 6/25/2018 12:06:23 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Andrewc_c:
Another vote for the Colormunki Display. I haven't tried any other calibration devices but I haven't had any issues with the Colormunki, IMO the software is pretty user friendly and easy to navigate.
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This is the one I'm leaning towards. It'll be the immediate purchase after the 70-200 all the pennies are being saved for at the moment.
Link Posted: 7/17/2018 10:03:55 AM EDT
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Just a bump.

I see amazon is running a prime day deal on the Spyder5Pro in 30 minutes. I am already watching and if it's a decent discount, I will finally pull the trigger.

Edit: the Prime day price is $99.99. I fent.
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