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SpyderSTUDIO Complete Photographers Calibration

by ColorVision
Windows XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
Price: £374.61 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Complete colour calibration solution
  • Everything you need to shoot, edit and print in utmost accuracy
  • Designed for photographers, production studios & professional users
  • Compatible with Windows 8

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X
  • Media: Electronics
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 40 x 24.5 x 14.3 cm ; 2.3 Kg
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • Release Date: 6 Feb. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,859 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Spyderstudio is a complete color calibration solution designed for photographers who need the highest level of color control in the studio and flexibility in post-production. It provides everything you need from shoot, to edit, to print for the utmost in accuracy and color management. Consider this your digital darkroom that brings you easy-to-use, full-featured, photographer-oriented solutions for your digital workflow. With solutions from RAW Camera calibration to quick and easy custom ICC printer profiles, you’ll get real-world colors you can rely on. From start to finish, Spyderstudio brings you the results professional studios require and the ease of use that serious photographers demand.

WHY DO YOU NEED THE Spyderstudio?

  • Displays render the same image differently: Calibration tunes your display to a reference standard and brings color consistency across desktop, laptop, multiple displays, projectors, iPad, iPhone and Android devices (with the free Spydergallery App).
  • RAW Calibration:In just one shot the Spydercube can customize white and contrast balance and other color adjustments using your favorite RAW conversion software. So your images are captured accurately from the beginning of your workflow.
  • Prints often do not match display: Both display and printer calibration are essential to provide a base for superior print matching. This greatly reduces wasted paper and ink with your printed output.
  • Highlight and shadow details are inaccurate when not calibrated: Control of brightness, white point and tone response with calibration assure you that your display and prints will match.
  • Image colors are not true to life: After calibration, images can be viewed and edited with confidence.
  • Photographers, designers and imaging professionals can work confidently on properly color- calibrated screen and printer devices and can assert greater control over the color fidelity of their digital process. Images can be reliably assessed and adjusted on a properly calibrated display and printer, enabling true-to-life reproduction of image files. Spyder4Elite

HOW DOES Spyderstudio WORK?

  • Spyder4Elite

    This advanced colorimeter automates and simplifies display calibration. Install the software, attach the Spyder4Elite to the USB port and step through the wizard. The sensor measures a series of colors on your screen and creates a “profile” that brings your display to a reference state. At the end, you can compare how the images look before and after calibration.

    Spyder4Elite features a patented, full-spectrum 7-color sensor that can accurately characterize a variety of wide gamut and normal gamut displays. Spyder4Elite software lets you use the same sensor to calibrate your computer display, projector, TV (with purchase of the Spyder4tv hd cross-grade), iPad, iPhone and Android device. No other calibrator has this capability. The fourth-generation sensor uses double-shielded filters for longer life and better performance. On average, accuracy is improved by 26% compared to Spyder3.

  • Spyderprint

    The spectrocolorimeter in Spyderprint gives you the ability to create profiles for your printers, inks and papers. Simply install the software, print your choice of targets with your printer and then use the SpyderGuide device to help step you through the easy process to calibrate and build a profile. The exclusive SpyderProof™ feature provides a series of images to help you evaluate detail and compare it with your images. We designed additional features in our software to make it easy for you to adjust profile settings to get the best possible printed output for your images.

  • Spydercube

    This is a 3-dimensional white and contrast balancing tool. It provides a portable solution for photographers to capture an image with the proper data needed to manage all elements of proper lighting to begin the creative process.
    Shooting in RAW mode gives you creative freedom but processing a RAW file is often a long, trial-and-error operation. Spydercube accelerates RAW processing in providing references to set the white balance, exposure, black level and brightness right from the start. Simply take one reference shot with Spydercube under the same light condition, adjust, save as preset and apply to the entire series.

Designed For:

Professional photographers, production studios, and professional users.

Box Contains

  • Datacolor Spyder4ELITE colourimeter
  • Desktop Cradle/Tripod mount
  • SpyderPRINT Spectrocolorimeter and Base
  • SpyderGuide
  • 6' USB cable
  • SpyderCUBE with protective pouch
  • Spyder4ELITE and SpyderPRINT Software CD
  • Quick Start Guides (in 10 languages)
  • Metal case
  • 1-year warranty (for countries of the EU, the period is 2 years)
  • Free Online Support

  • Customer Reviews

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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing colour profiles. 17 July 2014
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    I like the SpyderCube. After thinking it was a bit gimmicky I found it did exactly what it was meant to and worked well. I like the metal case which has good protection for all the kit.

    The two main parts of the kit I found rather disappointing though.

    The Spyder4Elite seems like a reasonable colorimeter, but as it's mainly for calibrating vertical monitors and needs to be in place for several minutes, you would have thought Datacolor could have provided something to hold it there. The profiles produced are not consistent and a greenish cast is often visible. A bit of a drawback when the purpose of the device is to give you accurate colours.

    The Spyderprint seems OK to begin with. The profiling process is quite laborious and burns through expensive ink, but it feels as if you are doing a thorough job; which would be worth it, if it resulted in a good profile. This has not been the case so far. I actually got more attractive looking prints from the standard Epson profiles for my printer and paper. Obviously the colour accuracy can't be guaranteed, but photographs need to be eye catching and dramatic. The profiles from the SpyderPrint don't seem to be able to use the full gamut available to the printer and I end up with 'washed out' looking prints with a colour cast. Attempts to brighten up and correct the image in Photoshop with soft proofing on very quickly hit 'out of gamut' problems as the profile says that those colours aren't available. Looks like I've spent nearly £450 to make my prints looks worse. Unfortunately, I've spent too long trying to get some decent results so I've missed Amazon's returns window. Looks like I'm stuck with it.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 31 Aug. 2014
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    first class for calibrating printers and vdu haven't use it for anything g else yet
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    Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Does an excellent job. 26 April 2012
    By T. Mccartney - Published on Amazon.com
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    I spent the weekend setting up my new spyder4 studio bundle, and I must say I am very very happy with my purchase. I'm a visual effects student who does photography on the side, and after school ate into my budget I found myself unable to afford a calibration solution for my monitors. It got really irritating trying to explain to my teachers that it looked right on MY monitor. Anyway, I got my tax return and bought a spyder4 studio with it. Initially I was aggravated because nothing worked. Every time I tried to run the Spyder4Elite software it locked up to the point that I would have to reboot the computer. Eventually I found that the software was clashing with my amd graphics cards Catalyst Control Center software. I uninstalled all of my amd software and drivers, downloaded the newest drivers and reinstalled without the catalyst control software. So far I haven't had any problems with the lack of that software, and unless you like to overdrive your gpu for gaming I don't see any reason why you would have problems not having it. After that the spyder ran perfectly, and it's made an amazing difference. I've also been able to try out the spyderprint, which also works very well. Overall I'm stunned with how well it worked. If you want to work professionally in any kind of visual field you're taking a big risk not owning something like this.
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Installation drove me crazy 7 Dec. 2013
    By Gary - Published on Amazon.com
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    This is the most exasperating computer product I can remember buying, and my short recommendation is to consider the competing "Color Munki". For starters, my first "SpyderPrint" gizmo was defective, and neither my email nor my phone call to support was answered. (Well, OK, two days later I got a unhelpful and unrelated form-letter email from Switzerland). Hardly any instructions come with the product, and the screen interface is balky, cryptic, and buggy. The product comes with an 18 character serial number, and 19 character "codes" for each the "Spyder" and "SpyderPrint". Presumably Datacolor so afraid someone will build their own hardware and steal their code as to require fifty six characters of proof that I really paid for the product. In my case Amazon provided a replacement product, I had to install a replacement product, which really freaked out their system, telling me to click the (nowhere to be seen) "activate" button, which I finally discovered within the pull-down help menu. Then there are the visits by the hour glass symbol, meaning wait one minute to see whether it's busy or whether it has crashed.

    I won't quibble about the things one eventually finds out for themselves, such as that their instructions to scan the test print upside down mean to scan it right side up, and to scan it vertically means scan it horizontally, and that press the SpyderPrint button down to scan a line means to press it momentarily. Executing the scanning process takes a little patience because the reader doesn't easily slide in its guide. It took me half a day to get this far, only to encounter, hundreds of patches into the calibration process to be greeted by the pop-up message, to the effect of, "unexpected software error... quit this program and start all over again". I think this number of problems is excessive.
    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Spyder4 Elite works great, SpyderPrint does not 24 April 2013
    By AMAZON_FAN - Published on Amazon.com
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    I found that the display calibrator worked great, however the SpyderPrint generated ICC profiles that were very off in color. The ICC profiles provided with my printer (Epson Stylus Pro 4900 produce far better results. Even letting printer manage color was better.
    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Works well, I have used Data Color for years. 2 Nov. 2013
    By David P. Fleurant - Published on Amazon.com
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    Great product and it does what it supposed to do. But beware of some of the mixed advice pertaining to the proper work flow to use, it is not always made clear which version of Photoshop is being referenced. Data Color needs to develop a SIMPLE chart with work flow for the different versions of Photoshop. I wasted a lot of paper before I got it right.
    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to use. 22 Jun. 2013
    By A. Bird - Published on Amazon.com
    Verified Purchase
    It does the job, but the printer calibration is very difficult. I am sorry I did not pay more for equipment that would be easier to use.
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