Nicely, right here’s one I missed whereas I used to be away in Amsterdam for IBC 2022, but it surely seems like Datacolor has lastly launched a pocket-sized model of their Spyder Checkr (overview right here) for simpler use on location. It’s referred to as the Spyder Checkr Photograph and accommodates the 48 acquainted swatches present in its larger and older sibling. The cardboard can be swappable, permitting you to flip them round for 12 extra gray scale swatches for checking brightness and distinction in addition to giant targets for white balancing.
It positive has taken them lengthy sufficient to make it simpler to get the Spyder Checkr out of the studio, though just like the bigger model, it nonetheless feels slightly bit missing within the software program division. Basically, it makes use of the identical software program plugin, which means you may create a HSL profile for Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Digital camera RAW or Hasselblad Phocus however that’s just about it.
The software program for the Spyder Checkr Photograph seems to be precisely the identical as for the unique Spyder Checker. In equity, although, if all you’re utilizing is Lightroom or Adobe Digital camera RAW (or Hasselblad Phocus), it’s a wonderful piece of package to get all your photographs to a constant place to begin – assuming you by no means need to manually tweak the HSL adjustment sliders whereas doing all your uncooked processing, which could mess up a few of your presets. I’ve used the full-sized Spyder Checkr fairly recurrently over time for some shoots on unfamiliar cameras the place I need to guarantee color accuracy and consistency from shot to shot.
The Spyder Checkr Photograph primarily brings Datacolor’s swatches into the realm of the favored Calibrite ColorChecker Passport sequence (previously the X-Ceremony ColorChecker Passport sequence), which let you slip them right into a pocket or digital camera bag for straightforward transport to the placement with out the danger of getting broken. They’re much more manageable on location, whereas the bigger calibration charts are extra ideally suited to the studio.
The Spyder Checkr Photograph accommodates the playing cards inside a sturdy plastic case, with “expanded pores and skin tone” swatches with an ultra-matte end on “long-lasting, ink-printed, museum-quality paper playing cards for the truest coloration renditions and deepest black”. The playing cards are produced from 78% bamboo, making them a renewable supply for paper. So, despite the fact that the case remains to be plastic, they’re considering considerably concerning the surroundings in its creation.
The X-Ceremony and Datacolor choices use roughly the identical set of swatches, type of, besides they’re in a unique order. The 48 color swatches of the Spyder Checkr Photograph really combines the 2 24-colour swatch units of the ColorChecker Passport Photograph and ColorChecker Passport Video (overview right here) into one – besides that you simply’ll discover that whereas the colors are very related between the Datacolor and Calibrite choices, they’re shuffled round slightly bit between the 2, with varied columns and rows being switched. The Datacolor product can be rather less saturated.
Calibrite has not too long ago introduced that they’ve mixed their two color charts into the ColorChecker Passport Duo, priced at $199, whereas Datacolor’s new pocket-sized goal prices a mere $99.99. For some photographers, being restricted to solely utilizing it with Lightroom, Adobe Digital camera RAW and Phocus with the Datacolor Spyder Checkr Photograph might be well worth the 50% value financial savings. For others, although, the advantages of making DNG profiles and ICC profiles that can be utilized in a really big selection of different software program, in addition to having true black/white/40IRE gray factors for video might be price the additional value of the Calibrite answer.
I believe it’s incredible that Datacolor now has this in a smaller type issue, though it’s one thing they need to’ve completed years in the past, actually. For those who’ve not purchased right into a calibration goal system in your images but, it’s properly price trying into, particularly at this worth (if you happen to solely ever use Lightroom, Adobe Digital camera RAW or Hasselblad Phocus).
The Datacolor Spyder Checkr Photograph is offered to purchase now for $99.99 and is already delivery.