Spyder5ELITE Monitor Calibration Tool Review

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Monitor calibration is one of the necessary evils that photographers must learn to cope with now that every image we create must pass through our computer in this digital age. Fortunately, there are some pretty handy tools to take on that challenge.

Datacolor is one of the industry leaders in the monitor calibration market and the new Spyder5 tool makes it painless for the most part.

There are actually three different iterations of the Spyder5 monitor calibration tools – Spyder5EXPRESS, Spyder5PRO and Spyder5ELITE, which cover the most basic calibrations to the most advanced, respectively. This review covers my experience with the Spyder5ELITE. [Read more…]


Atomos Samurai Blade Drops to $995

Atomos Samurai Blade

Atomos has dropped the price on the Samurai Blade down to $995. That’s a $300 price drop from the old $1295 price point.

The Samurai Blade is a 5″ SDI monitor and recorder. It features a 720p IPS display with capacitive touch screen controls. It offers ProRes and DNxHD encoding and playback; and also features waveform, false color and focus peaking.

An included docking station for 2.5″ HDDs and SSDs connects to your computer via USB 3.0 or 2.0 ports. Check it out here at B&H Photo.