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    Can someone recommend me a good 18% grey card?

    Greetings,

    I have a 5x7 Kodak grey card as part of an old (40 years) book. I'd like to get a bigger one,

    Can anyone recommend where I may get a good, accurate card?


    Thanks!

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    Freestyle, Delta Gray Cards 8 in. x 10 in. - 2 pack Model# 473218
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    Or go down to the local art store and get a piece of grey (or close to grey) matboard that reads the same as your 5x7 grey card. Cut it down to any size you want -- with extras!

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    At one point I took a gray card to a fabric shop and matched it. It was nice because I could just fold up a large piece and stick it in my pocket. Cheap too and it made a great target for zone tests since it had a texture to it.

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    A proper gray card is more than just gray.

    It's 18% gray when held in the proper position,
    which is when a line normal to the card passing through the middle bisects the angle between the light source and the camera lens.
    Good cards are quite accurate when used correctly.

    If you just want close, meter your palm and adjust as need be.

    I use the cards from Delta, as mentioned above. Those from Kodak or MacBeth are also good.

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    Leigh, your absolutely right! It really matters when shooting and printing color. Close is not enough. Its not like it is an expensive item.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh B View Post
    If you just want close, meter your palm and adjust as need be.
    Weston meters have a position indicator for this. I think a palm reflects one stop more than a grey card.

    But apart from colour correction for colour printing, why use a grey card? Why not use a white card and compensate?


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    I've wondered for quite some time why no camerabag makers havent made one in 18%, black and white yet. And why not a top flap thingie with a zone system scale?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zewrak View Post
    I've wondered for quite some time why no camerabag makers havent made one in 18%, black and white yet.
    They have (I think). It is rumoured that Lowepro bags have interior linings which reflect 18% grey.


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    I use one of these http://www.lastolite.com/ezybalance.php because it becomes with the twist of the wrist small enough to go in my pocket or camera bag.
    Ben

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