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ExpoImaging Announces Availability of New ExpoDisc 2

By Anthony Thurston on November 22nd 2013

Lets be honest people, getting an accurate white balance and exposure are key to having a good shoot. Sure, both are things that can be tweaked (to a degree) in post if you shoot in RAW, but it is always better to get it right in camera. ExpoImaging has just announced the availability of their new ExpoDisc 2, and update to the very popular ExpoDisc.


In case you have not heard of the ExpoDisc here is a quick overview. ExpoDisc is a filter like device that you screw (or hold) on the from of your lens which allows you to get a perfect custom white balance and exposure in the go. The old ExpoDisc cam in two varieties, Neutral and Portrait and cost you around $100 depending on the size of the ExpoDisc you purchased. productimage_7783_productinuse2

ExpoDisc 2 takes everything good about the ExpoDisc and makes them better. Now instead of having to buy either a Neutral or Portrait ExpoDisc you can just purchase one. ExpoDisc 2 comes with custom gel inserts which allow you to warm up your shot to your desired amount. It also replaces the aluminum filter thread with a polycarbonate one.

The ExpoDisc 2 will be available only in the 77mm filter size (to start) and will run for only $49.95, about half the price of the original ExpoDisc. You can learn more about and order the new ExpoDisc 2 from the product page here.

Have you used an ExpoDisc before? What have your experience with them been? Do you think that the new ExpoDisc 2 sounds appealing? Let us know in a comment below!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Nik R

    The Vello Universal White Balance Handheld Disc sold at B&H for $29.99 does the job very well for me specially for natural light outdoor shoots. In the studio I prefer to use a simple cheap gray card. ExpoDisc should make something thats more universal and for a specific size cause in reality, you only use it for one shot.

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  2. Adam McCoy

    This is a good tool with a much better price. It is obvious to all of us, that one tool doesn’t work in every situation. But for 49 (still should be cheaper) it is worth having perhaps. i have something similar which works great for when i use it. An old (old) pringles lid will yield the same result. I use grey cards as well. whoever said they are easier to use is a nut. grey cards should be clean and without creases. those of you that have them understand that when you carry one everywhere it is hard to keep it that way. But if you really want to be a pro. I mean really?? get a proper meter and read color temperature. i dial my color temp in manually and that is why my white balance is always on. mixed lighting? make my adjustments and move on. bottom line. this is a decent tool so don’t knock it and stop trying to finalize this argument as if you are the greatest photographer since Penn. please.

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  3. Richard

    Try using a Melitta Coffie filter…2 bucks for a 100 of them

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  4. Kirk Grodske

    Well, I think they are finally bowing to market pressure to produce something that is more close to the value of the product. It still has the same limitations of the original one. It can’t measure white balance for on camera flash or mixed lighting with on camera flash, as you have to point it at the light source(s).

    There was quality control issues and now you have extra parts to keep tract of and to keep clean. Meh!

    So a “target style” is still the best thing. You don’t have to have someone else hold it, you can hold it yourself for setting a white balance. A Whi-Bal Card is more accurate, more convenient, more durable and cleanable, and less expensive. Still a no brainer. Get the Whi-Bal.

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  5. Matthew Saville

    Wow, it sounds like we need to do an article on the subject of white balance tools in general! Please give us suggestions if you have any. I’m thinking of doing a “shootout” where I measure my WB for a portrait in Kelvin, “eyeballing it” so to speak, and then see how preferable my “guess” is compared to all the other tools out there.

    Any suggestions? We’ll certainly try out the old/new expo disc, a colorchecker passport, and a regular grey card. Maybe we should also try the lid of a Fong-sphere? I hear those are decent at measuring WB too…

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  6. Jack

    I’m with Jeff on this one. White balance can be tweaked just as well (perhaps better, depending on hardware and software) in post. Exposure is a bit trickier in post. However, exposure is best determined by a reflected measurement at the camera or incident measurement at the subject, *not* an incident measurement at the camera.

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  7. Anthony R

    I own an Expodisc and find it invaluable. I know how to correctly expose with or without a grey card BUT the Expodisc is miles ahead. I’ve used it when shooting video in several different locations in one day and was able to white balance instantly(two button clicks on Nikon and it’s set), I’ve used it for weddings when I need to do a same day slideshow and want to nail my white balance all day without having the option to correct in RAW and I’ve used it when I set up my mobile studio in schools for student photos when I’m only given a set amount of time.

    I don’t get anything from Expodisc and I’m kinda pissed I bought mine for twice the price of this one but if you are a WORKING photographer you will save so much hassle buying this. If you’re an amateur and want a cheap fix to getting good photos then this is a waste of time as you still need to understand exposure and lighting.

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  8. A Pollock

    it looks like a piece of diffusing material from and overhead fluorescent light, common in most offices, couldn’t I just cut a circle out from that?

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  9. Lukas

    Expo disc is only for fun. Grey card, or exposure card is the right professional solution for white balance.

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    • Michael

      Interestingly, I guess that means that James Schmelzer (Kelby Training instructor who holds a Master Craftsman Photographer Degree from PPA and technical representative for F.J. Westcott Company for over 25 years) is NOT a professional photographer, since he uses one.

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  10. Brad

    I use the expo disc and the color checker passport (which has 18% grey). The results are nearly identical. The expo is faster to use, and I don’t have to have someone else hold it. Worth $100? meh…. $49? Probably.

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  11. Becky

    I’ve used both the gray card and for a limited time, the expodisc. They both work great (and in my opinion are similar in outcomes) but the expodisc is hands free and quicker.

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  12. JP

    I agree with Jeff. Never used this thing, but I was trying to wrap my head around how this would effectively work, or work at all. Are you measuring light from the scene or from the end of your lens??? And how does it beat out a simple cardboard 18% grey card for ~$19?

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  13. Jeff

    “(to a degree) in post if you shoot in RAW” To a degree!? You actually think that using a white balance tool that takes incident light (not reflected) can do a better job than adjusting in raw using a grey card?

    I really need to stop reading this stuff…

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Yes “to a degree”. Sure you can change it to whatever you want and fine tune it until you think its perfect. But all of that takes time, these allow you to get it right quickly and easily – in camera (which is always preferable to in post). Also, I was mainly referring to “exposure” with the “to a degree” comment, white balance is of course a quick fix if you have a gray card or something to reference from. If not then it can be a pain to mess with it by eye to get it right.

      I never mentioned using RAW in conjunction with a Grey card, that is a great option as well… though from what I have heard these ExpoDiscs (when used right) are much more accurate than a gray card.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Hey Jeff, I’m with you, I used the Expo Disc for a while and couldn’t stand it. But the fact that they slashed the price in half is at least worth noting! For those who find they shoot in evnironments where incident light color measurements are easy to take, (NOT ME!) …this is actually a great tool. I know Zach & Jody Gray use it religiously and love it!


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