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ExpoDisc EXPOD2-77 2.0 Professional White Balance Filter 77 mm, 82mm (Black)
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- Quickly set white balance for photo and video set Neutral or Portrait
- Includes User Selectable Warming Filters (Gels)
- Meter 18% Incident Exposure
- Made in USA - Hand Calibrated for Accuracy
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|Item Dimensions||0.63 x 3.13 x 3.13 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.64 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||0.1 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.3 pounds|
ExpoDisc 2.0 — The Original White Balance Filter for Digital Cameras Gets Even Better
Set white balance, meter for exposure, and dust map your sensor with the only calibrated and certified 18% transmission incident light metering filter. ExpoDisc 2.0 introduces user-selectable Warming Filters (gels) and an improved mount.
ExpoDisc Saves Time Editing White Balance in Photos and Video
When used to set a custom white balance, the ExpoDisc consistently produces excellent color in natural, artificial, and studio lighting, and it even excels in difficult mixed lighting environments. Easier to use than a gray card, white card or calibration target, simply place the ExpoDisc in front of your lens and capture the incident light while setting your camera’s custom white balance. For most cameras, this procedure takes only about 15 seconds. Whether shooting in RAW or JPEG, using the ExpoDisc to white balance your camera saves valuable time in photo editing software.
Meter for 18% Incident Exposure with the ExpoDisc
The ExpoDisc is not just for white balance. The precision calibration and uniformity of the ExpoDisc means that it can also be used to meter for an 18% incident exposure. To meter for an 18% exposure, stand at the subject's position and aim the camera back towards the intended shooting position. Use the camera's meter as seen through the viewfinder to adjust the aperture, shutter speed, or ISO until a proper exposure is indicated. It's also possible to make exposure adjustments based upon the position of the histogram spike on an ExpoDisc test shot. Simply adjust the aperture, shutter speed, or ISO until the spike is centered.
ExpoDisc 2.0 Includes New Portrait Warming Filters (Gels)
ExpoDisc 2.0 includes two levels of custom warming filters (gels) which can be inserted into recesses on the face of the ExpoDisc, allowing photographers to add varying degrees of warmth for pleasing skin tones. Under daylight balanced studio lights, the +1 and +2 custom Warming Filters provide 250˚ and 400˚ Kelvin warming, respectively.
Larger ExpoDisc Sizes Can Be Used with Smaller Lenses. New Design Attaches Securely to Lenses and Threaded Filters.
The ExpoDisc 2.0 will initially be available in a 77 mm filter size with more sizes to follow. The ExpoDisc 2.0’s filter mount utilizes a new button-activated spring design which allows the ExpoDisc to securely attach to lenses and threaded lens filters. As with the original ExpoDisc, a larger ExpoDisc can be used with smaller lenses by simply holding the ExpoDisc over the lens to set white balance or meter for exposure.
ExpoDisc Is Hand Calibrated and Assembled in the USA
Made in the USA, every ExpoDisc is tested by hand on a transmission spectrophotometer and individually adjusted using custom formulated materials to ensure an 18% total light transmission across the visible spectrum. Each ExpoDisc 2.0 includes a quality control card to certify its neutrality as tested on our spectrophotometer. This neutrality is important because using a non-neutral tool for white balance can add undesirable color casts to images.
ExpoDisc 2.0 Features:
- Quickly set camera white balance for photos and video
- Includes user selectable Warming Filters (gels)
- Meter 18% incident exposure
- Dust map the image sensor
- Made in USA - hand calibrated for accuracy
Top customer reviews
The only knock I have is that it feels a bit cheap to me. I would love this to feel a little more solid but if it meant raising the price, I would say I'll live with the feel.
I would buy this again without hesitation.
At home I go into Lightroom and select each image and do the dropper white balance adjustment in Lightroom. I now know the number for the white balance. I can then apply it to pictures with flash and the other balance to those images without flash. Once I know the white balance value I may choose the images shot in the room with the flash one and adjust one of them to the correct white balance. I review it and fine tune it to my liking. Then I select all the images I want to adjust using Shift-click, then I press the "Sync Settings" and choose what I want synced; in this case white balance, then click okay. Orange pictures are now white balance corrected. Looks great. Done.
That's a big deal to me. Like most any photographer that's been shooting for years, I've accumulated a ton of White Balance tools. I've tried so many that I can't even remember how many there were. I always come back to the ExpoDisc. All of the other WB tools seem to take longer, with much more fuss, to get the colors right in the camera. When I'm out on location, especially with several people who are involved in the shoot, time is a big deal. Most people aren't comfortable being photographed to begin with, so if we're all standing around, waiting for me to set the white balance, people can get frustrated. Sometimes, when you take too long to set up a shot, they think that you don't know what you're doing and will say so.
I've never had that problem with the ExpoDisc. It only takes a minute to set the WB and start shooting. My clients are happy, which makes me very happy, especially when the photos come out great and don't need much post processing.
Bottom line for me, I'll always have a couple of the latest model ExpoDiscs in my bag.
While it doesn't seem quite as robust as the original...it's less expensive AND still quite durable. I'm certain it will last a very long time.
It comes with two "warming" filters but I've not seen the benefit to those... Once one has a proper WB it's simple enough to warm, or cool, that either in camera or within Photoshop, Lightroom, or whatever post software one chooses. I'm sure if one were shooting JPGs they could make a difference.
The "coin purse" pouch is a little odd but up to the task. I'd prefer something that truly closed, to keep shtuff out...but it works.
All in all I think it's a pretty useful tool and a great addition to just about anyone's bag.