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Correct color or B&W exposures everytime regardless of contrast, brightness or conditions. Accurate within 1%. Includes instructions and Protective ziplock pouch. Pkg. of 2 Cards

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (12),Lightweight (10),Reliable (8),Durable (5)
Best Uses:
Portraits (11),Studio (9),Home (5),Macro photography (5),Landscape photography (4),Travel (4),Everyday (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (6),Semi-professional (5)

Reviews about this item

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4.3

(based on 13 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect for digital white balance

Don't listen to anyone about this gray card not great for digital white balance. Gray is neutral in all aspects with digital photography, Therefor this card is perfect for setting the white balance. You need to shoot the gray card for each type of scene with the lights that you will be using. I use these for professional wedding shots, Glamour shots and all other model shots. Gray is better than setting the white balance to a white card or black card. The 18% reflective is also a myth, The pe...

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Don't listen to anyone about this gray card not great for digital white balance. Gray is neutral in all aspects with digital photography, Therefor this card is perfect for setting the white balance. You need to shoot the gray card for each type of scene with the lights that you will be using. I use these for professional wedding shots, Glamour shots and all other model shots. Gray is better than setting the white balance to a white card or black card. The 18% reflective is also a myth, The perfect reflectiveness is 12%. But 18% is close enough, That you can't tell a difference.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Could be better.

These cards are nice, heavy duty cardboard and quite large. They could be cut into pieces if desired. My problem with them is that the back side isn't white and therefore can't be used for digital white balancing. I tried using the gray side for that purpose and it doesn't work. They would be so much more useful with little or no additional cost.

Reviewed by 13 customers

 
1.0

Having issues;(

By

from MD  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I have used the card 3x now. Once indoors and twice outside. I have a Nikon D3000 and was using my Nikkor 50mm. I set my custom white balance with the gray card. My photos turned out way too warm. They looked like a sepia effect was applied to them. I was really hopeful that i would have more accurate exposure and not worse. Any advice?????

 
5.0

As Described, On time and Easy to Buy.

By

from Near Dallas  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Typical gray card application - exposure and color balance

 
5.0

No Surprise-Reliable and Great Value

By

from Frederick, MD  -  Semi-Professional

This product is all that a professional expects of a grey card--very functional.

 
5.0

A must-have for both film and digital

By

from Florida  -  Semi-Professional

Gray cards have long been the photographer's "secret" to getting a near-perfect exposure (if you want to find out why there are plenty of online technical articles that go into in-depth explanations). Gray cards work for not only film, but digital too! These cards are really sturdy (I even used them as a background to drape jewelry over which I photographed for a client) and will hold up to lots of use. As a bonus the backsides are printed with easy, clear instructions in their use. If you're looking for the near-perfect exposure get these cards, use them according to instructions, and of course always remember to bracket. 9 out of 10 times I will grab one of my gray cards instead of my light meter.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this product again.

By

from Shreveport, La  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I use this mainly indoors to make sure that my white balance is correct. It is a good product and in fact is the second time that I purchased it. I could not find my first purchase and so bought it again. Of course I found my first one after the second came in but will keep both. It is cardboard so that is why I said not durable. Just keep it dry and it will serve for a long time.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Delta Gray Cards

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from Hartford,CT  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I have struggled to get an accurate white balance when taking candid photos in my home.It saves you the time and trouble of adjusting WB in post-processing photos, and is very accurate.Back includes instructions for those that do not know how to use a gray card. If you are new to gray cards, get this one. Price is right and it will be the best thing you ever did for better photos.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for the Price

By

from Clinton, OK  -  Semi-Professional

Does exactly what you need it to and is acurate at getting the white balance correct.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

does its job and is big enough

By

from Colorado  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This is a nice, good sized gray card that seems accurate enough and it is inexpensive and thus is easily replaced if it gets damaged. And you get two, so you have a spare. I just wish the back side was a calibrated white. Instructions could be on a separate, foldable little sheet rather than on the back. And for my purposes at least, it is much better to have a larger gray card like this than some of the small ones that are available. I can use my spot metering mode and get the whole spot metering area inside the card area even at a bit of distance. I don't have to be right on top of it, possibly casting some shadow on it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ABSOLUTELY INDISPENSIBLE

By

from Worldwide  -  Professional

The Gray Card is one of those mandatory items that MUST be in every photographer's bag--especially in the digital age. For night shooting in urban settings where lighting simply sucks, there is nothing like the Gray Card for customizing White Balance. The card is easy to use; when the cards get old (the grey surface gets roughed up over time), I replace them and use the old cards as "field" mouse pads with my laptop. I carry them with my laptop in my camera pack.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great tool for custom White Balance

By

from Roanoke Rapids, NC  -  Semi-Professional

This tool will help you get the color right by setting your custom white balance on your camera.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
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Shopper  My daughter just started photography classes and the teacher said to get a grey card "cheap, but true neutral". Is that this? Thanks
Joseph B  Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but the gray card is used as a reference in a photo editor to adjust white balance. Take a picture of the gray card where your subject will be (if a person, have the person hold it). Then in the photo editor you use the eye dropper tool to make the gray card a reference to adjust the white balance of any photo. To make a custom white balance setting in-camera, you photograph a pure white source in the present lighting.
Shopper  Hi, Is this an 8.5 x 11" gray card?
CORI F  Hi It is an 8x10 gray card

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