March 4, 2009
Clever cube adds powerful calibration tool to your photo gear
Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, a new cube-shaped device from Datacolor will quickly help you defeat color balancing challenges in the field or studio.
Datacolor's new SpyderCube will be available this month at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $59 (US).
According to Datacolor's specifications:
"The SpyderCube is made of ABS Cycoloy, a hybrid resin that is fade proof, extremely durable, and flame / shock resistant. In addition, colors are through-pigmented for durability, and are scientifically formulated to provide optimal color values, including an 18% gray which defines a new standard for spectral neutrality to provide accurate color balance under any light source."
The cube ships with a protective pouch and a Quick Start Guide (available in 10 languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese) and it carries a 1-year hardware warranty.
The March 2nd Press Release from Datacolor describes the cube as a significant advancement to the familiar "gray card" approach. Instead of just providing the usual 18% gray, the cube takes advantage of it's multiple sides to provide a broad range of color balancing target reference points.
The press release describes some of those points: "For example, the White face of SpyderCube helps define highlights in relation to the catch-light; the Gray face measures color temperature and mid-tone response; the Black face defines shadows in relations to the Black Trap; and the Black Trap defines absolute black."
Posted by flashdeadline at March 4, 2009 7:51 AM