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X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

by Pantone
Windows XP, Mac OS X
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
Price: £73.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Custom dng profiling for all digital cameras
  • enhance images within your raw workflow
  • batch process multiple images with set profiles
  • new custom white balance target
  • standalone dng profiling application on dvd
  • compact, convenient and supplied in a protective case
  • plug-in for adobe lightroom 2
  • online interactive video tutorial
  • compatible with windows 7
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X-Rite ColorChecker Passport + X-Rite i1Display Pro Calibrator for Monitors, Laptops, Projectors and Tablets
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System Requirements

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

  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 27.9 x 4.4 cm ; 181 g
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • ASIN: B002NU5UW8
  • Release Date: 1 Mar 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport is a must have for any serious photographer and offers the first stand alone camera DNG profiling and RAW workflow solution for use within any RAW file editor.

ColorChecker Passport consists of three photographic targets, in one pocket sized protective case and camera calibration software on DVD, making it ideal for all types of work, providing effortless colour control and creative versatility. • Creative Enhancement Target - Get creative with your images in a single click. This target allows evaluation of highlight and shadow detail, in addition to warming and cooling white balance patches • Classic Target - Industry standard 24 patch classic colour reference target for creating camera profiles and evaluating specific colours • White Balance Target - New white balance target for more accurate control

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport also includes camera calibration software that works with the Classic Target and allows you to create custom DNG profiles, in its own standalone software and also as a plug-in for Adobe Lightroom 2

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ColorChecker Passport

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bit of kit 26 Jan 2011
By Boing TOP 1000 REVIEWER
All in all I found this product really easy to use, and it does exactly what it is supposed to. The software is intuitive and simple and it gave noticeable and pleasing results, which is what you want from any calibrator! Although it was quite expensive it is an essential ingredient in any colour-managed work flow and I would definitely recommend it. I'm going to apologise in advance because my review reads a bit like marketing copy; I just really wanted to do this product justice!

It's important to use a colour-calibrated monitor when editing and proofing images. But what many people don't realise is that the camera sensor itself doesn't understand "colour"; colour values are assigned according to a software profile from the camera manufacturer. This is a "canned profile" - one size fits all, regardless of minor variations in individual cameras or major differences between different sets of shooting conditions.

The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport provides exactly known colour values, and with the bundled software allows the photographer to quickly and easily model exactly how their particular camera perceives the colour patches under a given set of lighting conditions. The software can then be used to create a profile which is inserted into Adobe Camera Raw's profile list in the "Camera Calibration" menu (and therefore also in Lightroom's list if you use version 2 or above).

You can therefore create "canned profiles" of your own, appropriate to camera+lens combinations under different lighting conditions, and apply these to candid and opportunistic images. For planned and studio shoots you can of course create profiles specifically for those conditions, just by including the Passport in the first of a sequence of shots!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars X-Rite ColourChecker Passport 28 Oct 2012
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This product does exactly as it says on the box. So simple and easy to install the supporting software on my desktop computer (Dell Studio XPS). So pleased to locate an item for checking the colour quality of an image and that is so compact and contains all the features that the dedicated photographer requires.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good as expected, but a little fragile! 30 May 2014
By mageye
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I believe the package is very good with the software to make the custom profiles. I am pretty sure about the accuracy of colours (not that I am, by any means, an expert).

My only complaint is about the 'plasticy' nature of the passport. I think it's fairly easy to carry and pack in this format but when it comes to opening the passport it can be a little stiff. One day I tried opening it my fingers slipped onto the actual colour pads and my finger nails scraped one of them ruining the surface. They are not hard wearing and I am hoping that the little scratch I made has not effected the accuracy of the colours.

I had already read about this in other reviews and still managed to do this by accident. All I will say is that: if you do use this, then please use it with care, because it's not really built for all weathers!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great product but easily damaged 7 Nov 2013
By Mr M
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It is a great product for custom WB etc but I had to take a point off for how easily the surface of the large grey patch was damaged. I was fixing it to a light stand and inadvertantly rubbed the grey target against the stand. The result was a mark on the surface which is a) darker than the rest of the target and b)shiny due to the special coating being damaged.

You can say it is my own fault and not a criticism of the product, however there was no warning given about how delicate the surface is and I thought it would be tougher than this. Now I have a damaged Passport after one week of ownership and I certainly won't be replacing it any time soon. I just feel so disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfactory! 24 July 2013
By Nicky
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Perfect colortoolkit for color management. It has three targets to use in an protective case, very handy to have with me all time.
The combination to create custom whitebalance and calibrate my cameras sensor with this color referenses in different lights,
saves lots of editing time. This kit can be used with Lightroom and Photoshop, very easy to create profiles in there, and apply to
all the other pictures. It is allso easier to add warmth to skin tones, or boost the deep greens or blues in a landscape, with the
creative enhancement target. Thats the digital attitude it can make you happy, or it can make you sad. I use my tools to get satisfaction.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you want to do it right.... 8 Jun 2010
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The availabilty of low-price dSLRs has meant many more people are becoming very serious about their photography. Most of them will come across the problem where the photos they've taken don't look the same on their monitor as they do when printed, or viewed on a friend's monitor. That leads them to monitor calibration and how important that is to getting photos with accurate colours.

But what about earlier in the process? How do you know that your camera is actually recording the colours correctly? That's where the ColorChecker Passport comes in. You take a shot of the colour calibration chart. Then using either the supplied software, or a plugin for Lightroom, you create a profile. Good software (like Lightroom or ACR) can then use this profile on any raw file to ensure that the image produced matches reality as closely as possible. And it's very easy to do all this, even if you're not quite sure just what it's doing.

If you're the sort of person who spends thousands on a camera, loads on a good monitor and hundreds on monitor calibration then the price of the Colorchecker Passport is worth it to complete the colour management process.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best way to get accurate colours
One problem with your typical Nikon and Canon cameras (and everyone else to be fair) is that they change the colours in images to look "better", whatever that means to... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Mister R
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
first class item....
Published 1 month ago by M.A.A. SHAW
5.0 out of 5 stars If you care about colour then get one.
Seems a little expensive for what it is, but this is the going rate. If it maximises the output quality from your camera and reduces editing times then suddenly the price doesn't... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Really like this, nicely thought out.
A quick snap at the start of a set or change of setup and you've got some half decent reference points to help with colour correction including white balance. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BeansOnToast
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll be amazed at the results after applying
As other have said, it is expensive for what it is.

As a product though it is fantastic. Always in my camera bag now. Read more
Published 2 months ago by uksitebuilder.net
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Saves me loads of processing time
Published 2 months ago by John Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Calibration Tool for serious photographers
Perfect Colour Calibration tool

This is excellent tool to calibrate any colour variances, that the White Balance in the camera never seems to get right
Published 3 months ago by Foxfire
2.0 out of 5 stars Great but watch out for Amazon's returns policy.
Well for such a widely regarded product it was ultimately a disappointment. The main colour panel had a blemish on one of the squares. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a great piece of kit for anyone serious about their workflow ...
I wouldn't be without this. It is a great piece of kit for anyone serious about their workflow using Adobe or other DNG profiled products. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Trev-R
5.0 out of 5 stars Money well spent
Since buying this I've learned to use the custom white balance on my DSLR, in conjunction with the plain greyish white panel on the colorchecker. It's brilliantly accurate. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Johanne Parsons
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