Any reasonable price for color checker.

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  1. TonyUSA

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    I was looking for color checker but seen the average price is about $70. I don't see any good aftermarket price on color checker. Seen expensive and very low price on gray card but not color checker. Any low cost color checker on the market?

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    $70.00 seems very reasonable to me considering what you're getting. I'd be concerned about quality if the price were any lower.

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    But $70 to calibrate your monitor is too much?
     
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    I think he's referring to things like X-Rite's Passport color checker and not display calibration tools like one of the X-Rite ColorMunkis.
     
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    Sorry I didn't make it clear. It is not how much. To me it is just a plastic with color stickers on it. But now I guess it is hard to make those color accurate so that is why $70.
     
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    Yes sir. Passport color checker.
     
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    What do you want it for?

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    Thank you everyone for your input.
     
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    Just want to get accurate colors when I works on LR or PS as I seen some on youtube. I already own gray card but never use it. I guess it is want more than need for me. :)
     
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    That means using the colorchecker to build your own camera input profiles. That can be a bit of a rabbit hole. It's not enough to just use the colorchecker to generate an input profile; next you'll need software to tweak the profile and then.... it can be a deep rabbit hole.

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    Try using the grey card and see where that gets you. I just use the eyedropper in LR and click on a black, white or middle grey pixel in the photo; it seems to do a decent job.
     
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    Not really sure why,exactly, you feel the need for this tool. Based on threads we've had here, it seems that almost any image posted or displayed will be seen across a spectrum of monitors and systems and varying software that makes correcting to a set standard sort of a fool's errand. Based on the number of dreadful monitors and out-of-whack settings people use, color correction seems like a dog chasing its own tail... But, perhaps there is some value in color correcting, for whatever reasons one has, so, I guess the $70 could be worth it.
     
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