Hi, I have just replaced an old X-Rite colourchecker card with the later X-Rite Colour Checker Passport. It was purchased online from a reputable camera dealer in the UK...
When I received it all looked fine until I noticed the 'manufactured date' which was 2009! I thought these items had an expiry of 2 years...? At least that is what X-Rite suggest for maximum consistency. So this 'brand new' one is already 4 years old...!
Has anybody else had an issue like this or purchased one with a far newer 'manufactured' date?
I believe that you are reading the copyright date of 2009, not the date manufactured. My Color Checker Passport, purchased a few months ago, does have a serial number, but no date when manufactured. It does have a space for you to write in the first date used, and suggests that you replace it within 2 years of that date. I would not worry too much about it. Dyes do degrade over time, but I have a full size Macbeth Color Checker that is at least 10 years old, and produces essentially the same colors as the Passport when photographed.
Mine indicates that you should replace it within 2 years of placing into service. I was thinking that they deteriorate, if appreciably so, when exposed to light. If its not been used, it's probably not an issue.
I guess I'll find out in two years whether the degredation on accuracy is material, but I'm guessing not.
Scott Chapin Powder Springs, GA, USA Nikonians Team Member
Tue 25-Jun-13 11:41 AM | edited Tue 25-Jun-13 11:42 AM by EnEs63
I haven't seen the cards on their own with the later version. They are bonded to the plastic frame well. They are smaller than they look in the ad's... A little bit bigger than a playing card; so they fit well in a pocket. Being bonded into the plastic wallet ensures protection in these instances...
>Hi largebore, > >I haven't seen the cards on their own with the later version. >They are bonded to the plastic frame well. >They are smaller than they look in the ad's... A little bit >bigger than a playing card; so they fit well in a pocket. >Being bonded into the plastic wallet ensures protection in >these instances...
Mine is a larger version that i just bought. The frame opens up to allow you to use the reverse side of the card for grey scale etc.
The item measures about 5 x 7" closed and the cards are easy to take out/
Having recently obtained one of these, my feelings are that it is largely a marketing ploy. After all, if you sell someone something that will last forever, you are not going to get to sell them another one, are you? As far as degrading in UV goes, mine, so far, has been used in indoor situations where the light has been an odd colour and the Auto WB failed miserably. Using the Passport to set a balance did the job without any problem. I am really pleased with mine, not cheap but worth the money to avoid the hassle of trying to correct in Post!