Instructions - BRNO baLens

How to set a custom white balance with the baLens as shown by Blue Crane Digital.

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Canon Digital Rebel Series

1. With the baLens cap installed on your lens, set your camera to P, S or A mode. If you prefer to use manual exposure, put the camera in M mode and set the exposure yourself.

2. Press the WB button on the camera’s back panel, holding it down while you turn the main dial on top of the camera body. Select the AWB function from the camera’s control panel.

3. Take a reference shot of the light falling on your subject. If all you see is a lighted white dome, you’re doing everything correctly. For more specific information about this step, take a look at your baLens Cap user’s guide. You may need to aim your camera differently depending on your light source.

4. Press the MENU button on the camera and choose the ‘camera icon’ function.

5. Use the down arrow to choose CUSTOM WB. Press the SET button.

6. Press the SET button a second time, which will select the “white dome” shot you just took with the baLens Cap.

7. Press the MENU button, exiting the camera menu.

8. Press the WB button again, holding it down while you turn the main dial and choose CUSTOM WB from the control panel menu.

9. Remove the baLens Cap. If you prefer to shoot in auto focus, be sure to put your camera back in auto focus mode.

Canon 1D Series, 10D, 20D, 30D, 5D, 6D, 7D, 60D, 70D

1. With the baLens cap installed on your lens, set your camera to P, S or A mode. If you prefer to use manual exposure, put the camera in M mode and set the exposure yourself.

2. Press the AF-WB button on the top of the camera, holding it down while you turn the thumb dial to select the AWB function on the control panel’s LCD display.

3. Take a reference shot of the light falling on your subject. If all you see is a lighted white dome, you’re doing everything correctly. For more specific information about this step, take a look at your baLens Cap user’s guide. You may need to aim your camera differently depending on your light source.

4. Press the MENU button.

5. Use the thumb dial to choose CUSTOM WB from the menu, press the SET
button in the center of the dial.

6. Press the SET button once more, selecting the “white dome” reference shot.

7. Press the MENU button again, exiting the menu.

8. Press the AF-WB button on top of the camera, holding it down while you turn the thumb dial to choose the CUSTOM WB icon from control panel LCD display.

9. Remove the baLens Cap. If you prefer to shoot in auto focus, be sure to put your camera back in auto focus mode.

Fujifilm X Series

1. With the baLens cap installed on your lens, enter the Shooting Menu and highlight White Balance.

2. Press either, Custom 1, Custom 2, or Custom 3.

3. Shoot a reference white balance shot of the light falling on your subject.

4. Press OK to set this as your reference WB.

Nikon D40, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90

1. With the baLens cap installed on your lens, set your camera to P, S or A mode. If you prefer to use manual exposure, put the camera in M mode and set the exposure yourself.

2. Push the WB button with your left thumb and hold it down while you rotate the right thumb wheel, selecting Pre from the control menu. Release the WB button.

3. Push the WB button once more, holding it down until you see Pre start to flash in the control panel display.

4. Pre will blink for ten seconds. While it is blinking, take a reference shot of the light falling on your subject. If all you see is a lighted white dome, you’re doing everything correctly. For more specific information about this step, take a look at your baLens Cap user’s guide. You may need to aim your camera differently depending on your light source.

5. If the white balance reading succeeded, Good will flash on the camera’s control panel screen.

6. If No Good is flashing on the control panel display, the camera might not have been exposed to too much or too little light. Perform steps 5 and 6 again until you achieve a Good reading.

8. Gently push the shutter release button to close your camera’s menu function.

9. Remove the baLens Cap. If you prefer to shoot in auto focus, be sure to put your camera back in auto focus mode.

Nikon D-100

1. With the baLens cap installed on your lens, set your camera to P, S or A mode. If you prefer to use manual exposure, put the camera in M mode and set the exposure yourself.

2. Rotate the dial on the top left of the camera to W/B.

3. Select Pre in the control panel by rotating the thumb dial.

4. Turn the index finger dial on the front of the camera one click. Pre should be blinking on the display.

5. Pre will blink for ten seconds. While it is blinking, take a reference shot of the light falling on your subject. If all you see is a lighted white dome, you’re doing everything correctly. For more specific information about this step, take a look at your baLens Cap user’s guide. You may need to aim your camera differently depending on your light source.

6. If the white balance reading succeeded, Good will flash on the camera’s control panel screen.

7. Leaving W/B in Pre mode, change your camera’s shooting mode back to M, A, S or P.

8. Remove the baLens Cap. If you prefer to shoot in auto focus, be sure to put your camera back in auto focus mode.

Nikon D2X, D2H, D2Hs, D3, D4

1. With the baLens cap installed on your lens, set your camera to P, S or A mode. If you prefer to use manual exposure, put the camera in M mode and set the exposure yourself.

2. Push the WB button with your left thumb and hold it down while you turn the main command wheel until PRE appears in the camera’s real control panel or viewfinder sidebar.

3. Let go of the WB button, then push it again quickly. This should cause the PRE icon to flash for ten seconds.

4. Take a reference shot of the light falling on your subject. If all you see is a lighted white dome, you’re doing everything correctly. For more specific information about this step, take a look at your baLens Cap user’s guide. You may need to aim your camera differently depending on your light source.

5. Good will now be blinking on the camera’s display. If the reading failed, no Gd will be blinking. Take another look at the exposure setting and try taking the reference shot again. Shooting modes A, S and P correct the exposure for optimal white balance.

6. Remove the baLens Cap. If you prefer to shoot in auto focus, be sure to put your camera back in auto focus mode.

Nikon D200, D300, D650, D700, D800, DXXXX Series

You can use white balance presets to record custom white balance settings, which you can accurately determine by using the baLens Cap. Each custom white balance reading will be stored in the preset d-0. You can then copy preset d-0 into another preset before taking another reading, which will allow you store up to five preset white balances. See your camera’s owner’s manual for more information about this process.

When lighting conditions change, perform the following procedures.

1. With the baLens cap installed on your lens, put the camera in exposure mode P, S or A. Push the MODE button while turning the main dial until you see P, S, or A in the control panel. Once you have set the white balance you may use any of the camera’s exposure modes.

2. Push the WB button and turn the main dial until PRE appears on the control panel. If you want to use the new preset white balance now, choose preset d-0 by pushing the WB button and turning the sub-command dial until you see d-0 on the display.

3. Let go of the WB button for a moment, then push it again until PRE begins to blink in the control panel. PRE will also be flashing in the control panel and viewfinder frame-count displays.

4. Using the “center squeeze” mechanism, place the baLens Cap on your camera’s lens.
As PRE flashes, take a reference shot of the light falling on your subject. The camera will take a white balance reading and record it in preset d-0, overriding any previously stored value. The white balance reading will be stored in preset d-0 until it is replaced with another reading. No photograph will have been recorded during this process.

5. If the process succeeded, Good will blink in the control panel and Gd will blink in the viewfinder for a few seconds. If the lighting was insufficient or too bright, no Gd will flash in the control panel and viewfinder. You will need to repeat the reading process.

Olympus E-3, OM-D Series

How to use One Touch White Balance with the BaLens Cap.

1. With the baLens Cap installed on your lens, point the camera toward the light falling on your subject.

2. Press the Fn button. Holding it down, press the shutter release. Your camera will record a white balance reading.

3. Your camera will automatically open the One Touch WB menu. Use the directional control to set the white balance reading as one of the four possible One Touch presets, which you may access at any time.

Pentax K10D

With the Pentax K10D, use the Manual White Balance setting to take a white balance reading and store it for future use. No photographs will be taken when you are setting a custom white balance. For more information about this function see your camera’s instruction manual.

Whenever lighting conditions change, follow these steps:

1. With the baLens cap installed on your lens, put your camera in P, Tv, or Av modes, allowing it to set an automatic exposure. You may also select the appropriate exposure yourself in M mode.

2. Put the camera lens in Manual Focus mode.

3. Push the Fn button, opening the Function menu.

4. Push the Four-way control button until you see the White Balance Screen.

5. Choose the Manual White Balance setting.

6. Push the Four-way controller again, opening the White Balance fine tune menu .

7. Use the “center squeeze” mechanism to attach the baLens Cap to the camera.

8. Aim the camera toward the light falling on your subject and push the shutter release button, taking a white balance measurement. If NG appears, your measurement failed. Press OK, which will take you back to the White Balance Screen, adjust your camera and retake the reading.

9. Set the measuring range to cover the entire screen.

10. Push the OK button.*

11. Push the OK button again, taking the camera to the White Balance Screen.

12. Take the baLens Cap off.

13. Push the OK button two times. You may now take pictures using the Manual White Balance.

Pentax K100D and K110D

Use the Manual White Balance setting to take a white balance reading and store it for future use. No photographs will be taken when you are setting a custom white balance. For more information about this function see your camera’s instruction manual.

Whenever lighting conditions change, follow these steps:

1. With the baLens cap installed on your lens, put your camera in P, Tv, or Av modes, allowing it to set an automatic exposure. You may also select the appropriate exposure yourself in M mode.

2. Put the camera lens in Manual Focus mode.

3. Push the Fn button, opening the Function menu.

4. Push the Four-way control button until you see the White Balance Screen.

5. Choose the Manual White Balance setting.

6. Push the four-way controller arrow to the right, taking you to the white balance display.

7. Use the “center squeeze” mechanism to attach the baLens Cap to the camera.

8. Aim the camera toward the light falling on your subject.

9. Push the shutter release button, taking a white balance measurement. If the reading was successful, OK will appear on the display. If NG appears, the reading failed. Press OK and repeat.

10. Take off the baLens Cap, return to auto focus and resume shooting.

Pentax *ist D

Using the baLens Cap you may set a custom white balance and store it under one of three Registration Numbers. No photographs will be taken as you set the white balance value.

Follow these steps whenever the lighting condition changes.

1. With the baLens cap installed on your lens, turn the mode dial to WB.

2. Looking at the LCD display, rotate the Av Dial to choose the manual white balance icon.

3. Turn the Tv Dial to choose a Registration Number.

4. Turn the camera’s Mode Dial to select P, Tv, Av or M mode. If you choose the manual (M) mode, you will need to set the exposure after attaching the baLens Cap.

5. Use the “center squeeze” mechanism to attach the baLens Cap to the camera.

6. Set the lens focus mode switch to Manual Focus. Push the shutter release button while pressing down the manual white balance button and pointing the camera toward the light falling on your subject. You will not record an image. If the white balance was set properly, OK will appear on the LCD display. If NG appears, the reading failed and you will need to repeat the process.

7. If your camera is not yet set for a manual white balance, turn the mode dial to WB, rotate the Av dial to choose the manual white balance icon and rotate the Tv dial to the location where you saved your custom white balance. Take off the baLens Cap, return the camera to auto focus mode and start taking vivid, colorful pictures.

Sony a Series DSLR

1. With the baLens cap installed on your lens, turn the function dial on the upper-left of the camera to the WB setting.

2. Enter the White Balance display by pushing the Fn button in the center of the function dial.

3. Using the controller pad on the right side of the screen, choose the custom white balance icon and press the right arrow o the controller pad.

4. Select Set by pressing the right arrow on the controller. Push the center button on
the controller. You will see “Use spot metering area. Press shutter to calibrate.”
on the display.

5. Point the camera toward the light falling on your subject and press the shutter release button.
The screen will display color temperature values.

6. Press the center button on the controller, which will store the white balance value you just recorded.

7. Take the baLens Cap off, set the camera in your favorite shooting mode and resume shooting.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

1. I shoot RAW, why do I need to set a Custom White Balance?
  • Using the baLens to set a custom white balance when shooting in RAW will save valuable time in the post processing workflow. When downloading the RAW files, just select 'As Shot' for the white balance setting.
2. What is the advantage of using the baLens over a gray card?
  • Gray cards take a reflective reading of the light and thus must be used at precise angles for accurate custom white balance calibration. The baLens takes an incident reading of the light source, thereby making it less susceptible to unwanted reflections leading to inaccurate readings.
3. What exposure mode should I be in when setting a custom white balance?
  • A custom white balance can be set in Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, or Program mode in most dSLRs. Custom white balance can not be set using full auto program or any pre-programmed modes.
4. Does my camera need to acquire focus to set a custom white balance?
  • No, some cameras will not fire the shutter unless focus is established. Because the camera is only using the referece image of the light source to set custom white balance, auto-focus should be switched to manual. After the white balance setting is established you can return to auto-focus if desired.
5. Which white balance setting should I use for taking the custom white balance reading?
  • AWB should be used for setting the custom white balance reading.
6. I am getting a “No Good” message. What is wrong?
  • You may get this message if the exposure is severely under or overexposed. Try taking a photo of the light source with the baLens on and then check the exposure histogram. Dial in the proper exposure compensation and then take another custom white balance reading.
7. Where should I point the baLens if I am shooting outdoors in daylight?
  • You should take an incident reading of the sun.  When taking a reference from a very intense light source, such as the sun, you may see the light's hotspot through your viewfinder.  Keeping the hotspot slightly offset from center will yield best results.  If it is very overcast where no sun is visible, take your reference from the cloudy skies diffusing the sunlight.
8. Will I need to set another custom white balance if I switch lenses?
  • In most situations you will not need to reset the white balance as the setting stays in the camera body. The only time you will need to set another custom white balance is when the ambient lighting changes or if the the other lens has any filter other than a UV filter.
9. What is the difference between the neutral and warm filters?
  • The warm filter approximates the use of an 81A warming filter. It may be used in cases where warmer skin tones for portraits may be preferred. To change the filters, rotate the locking ring counterclockwise to unlock, swap out the filters and replace the locking ring. Rotate the locking ring clockwise until you can feel a positive click. Note: the warming filter is marked with a red dot on the back lip.
10. Can I use the baLens with my point and shoot camera?
  • It is possible to use the baLens with certain point and shoot cameras that have a custom white balance setting by holding the baLens in front of the lens.  Please refer to your camera's owner's manual to see if it has a custom white balance setting.
Storage Tip:
  • When packing your baLens equipped lens in your gear bag, avoid excess pressure on the filter dome.  It is recommended to store baLens side up unless you pack your lens with the lens shade/hood in place.