Datacolor Spyder5 CAPTURE PRO
Datacolor is best known for its monitor calibration products, but the Spyder5CAPTURE PRO does more than sort out your screen’s colour accuracy.
This kit contains four gadgets, and sure enough, the centrepiece is a monitor calibrator. It’s a top-end Spyder5ELITE, though, which has increased accuracy over Datacolor’s previous generation colorimeters. It also features projector profiling and ambient room light monitoring, and it’ll periodically assess colour accuracy after calibration. The accompanying software has additional capabilities, but performing a basic calibration is still effortlessly easy.
The remaining trio of toys is centred around your Nikon. You use the SpyderCUBE as you would a conventional white balance target, placing it in a composition to determine white balance, exposure, and black level when editing.
Then there’s the SpyderCHECKR. This 23x17cm slimline case contains 48 colour patches. Simply take a RAW photo of these targets with your Nikon, and Datacolor’s accompanying software will help you configure a preset file to load into your RAW converter of choice, correcting any colour discrepancies.
Your lenses aren’t left out either, as the SpyderLENSCAL provides a focus-check target to assess whether they’re autofocussing accurately. If any lenses are off, you can find out the extent of the problem and use Nikon’s AF Fine-Tune feature (included with the D7000 onwards) to compensate.
Spyder5CAPTURE PRO will save you at least 20 percent compared with purchasing each item separately, making it good value for ensuring your monitor and Nikon gear are performing at their best. The only element missing is printer profiling – you’ll need the pricier Spyder5STUDIO to get that.