Unless you are shooting black and white images exclusively, color plays a crucial role in the overall look of your photography. Color management tools like Datacolor’s Spyder X Capture Pro Kit can help ensure those cool blue skies and warm golden hour rays look just the way you want them to.
This kit usually costs $400, but it’s currently on sale half price for just $200. It includes the SpyderX Elite monitor calibration system, which reads your monitor’s color performance and adjusts it to deliver accurate tones and brightness levels. So when you print or export your images, you won’t have to worry about color accuracy. We have rated this tool as one of the best monitor calibration tools currently on the market.
However, color management goes beyond the editing process and this kit works on every level. The Spyder Checkr provides a series of ultra-precise color spots. Take a shot with one in frame at the start of your session, and you can automatically adjust Hue, Saturation, and Lightness levels for the rest of the shot (as long as the light remains consistent).
The Spyder Cube helps balance colors. It has grey, white and black sides to help dial in the right color temperature automatically across the tonal range. It’s like an amplified gray card.
Finally, the LensCal tool can help determine if your lenses are focusing in the right place. Lenses sometimes focus in front or behind where you want them. With this tool, you can measure this lag and use the camera’s micro-adjustments to correct it. This was more of an issue with DSLRs than mirrorless cameras, but it’s worth checking every once in a while just to make sure you’re getting sharp images.
This is professional grade kit and I’ve never seen it come close to this price before, so grab it quick.