Sony Alpha 55 and Alpha 900 Color Profiles

Equipment-tub, Maynooth, Ireland, 2010

This really should be the last nerd entry. Promise.

Up for grabs today are colour profiles for all my lenses (technically peaking, they are camera profiles, but colour profiles is more to the point), both measured on two different camera bodies, the Sony Alpha 900 and Sony Alpha 55.

What are they for? Well, they are meant to create rather neutral and consistent colours among all the different lenses (with their different kinds of glas, coatings, etc.) in my camera bag. I use them all the time and they have served me very well.

All profiles were measured using a Gretag Macbeth® Color Checker® under both day light and tungsten light, in conjunction with Adobe's free DNG Profile Editor. The lenses included are:

Prime lenses:Zoom lenses:
8mm F3.5 Fisheye (Peleng)10-24mm F3.5-4.5 (Tamron)
16mm F2.8 Fisheye (Sony)17-35mm F2.8-4 (Minolta)
35mm F1.4 G (Sony)24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM (Sony)
50mm F1.4 (Minolta)70-200mm F2.8 G SSM (Sony)
85mm F1.4 G (Minolta)70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM (Sony)
100mm F2.8 Macro (Minolta) 
135mm F1.8 ZA (Sony) 

You can read more about installing these profiles here. And now, for the download:

Color profiles for the Sony A55Color profiles for the Sony A900

As always, I’d like to ask for a small dona­tion for the time and work involved in cre­at­ing these pro­files and pol­ish­ing them for pub­lic release.

Thank you!


  1. u need to load a dng image..which i do by exporting the arw to dng through lightroom and than there is a tab on the right of the software screen above the color circular ball which u choose there a dcp refference point to start with …and i chose urs and simply didnt change anything…but exported it as is.

  2. Glad it’s working out for you, still don’t understand how you can open the profiles with the editor though… You can only open “recipe” files (.dcpr) with the editor, but not the actual profiles (.dcp) unless there’s some magic trick for that.

  3. ok ..thnks..i found a workaround…first i updated the camera raw version from the start ..this didnt solve the issue but did allowed me to use your profiles thanks again :) …
    i am now convinced that the problem is just me but “sweet” adobe didnt really put the option to uninstall camera raw out there ..

    anyway the workaround for the new camera raw is use their latest DNG profile editor and using your dcp files as reference i then export it as a “new” profile..and this time it shows up…i know ..strange ..twisted ..yet it works..
    anyway just made this post to say thanks for the profile and amount of time invested on them .

  4. Sorry Eiran, don’t really know what exactly you’re doing or doing wrong, but it works well for me and many others… Not too sure either what you mean by “creating a new dng profile based on my files”? These profiles only work with DNG files and the two specific cameras, you can’t do anything with the profiles except apply them to your files from within LightRoom or Photoshop’s camera raw dialogue.

  5. doesn’t work..moreover i tested it…i tried creating a new dng profile one based on your 55kb files and on based on the 110kb file …the 110kb new profile appears..and the 55kb does not.

    infact the only place i could actually see your profile is in the DNG creator when i was selecting on what to base it…

    i am using cs5 with camera raw 6.3…and lr3.3 if it helps..

    btw…i can send you the index.dat file for the library does put them there but they wont show.

  6. hey…
    i downloaded your DCP files yet i cant get it to show on LR3 and CS5…

    it might be related to the fact that your files are only 55kb as in latest camera raw the dcp file weigh 110kb area.

    can you please help me…and if not share how do you do it so i can make one for my own cam.

  7. Sorry Daddybit, I forgot to mention that yes, you should be able to use those profiles directly, as both the A900 and A850 share the same sensor and image processing internals.

    Of course, my camera body/lenses are still different from (and probably older/younger than) yours, but provided the production tolerances are small, you should get good results.

    I also noticed that in cold light (that is small Kelvins on the white balance slider) my profiles produce less strong (but still somewhat more realistic) yellows compared to Adobe’s profile…

  8. Hi, Florian.

    Thanks for the prompt correction. I have a850 and three lenses that can utilize your profiles, 50mm F1.4, 24-​70mm F2.8 ZA SSM and 70-​300mm F4.5 – 5.6 G. I have tested 24-​70mm F2.8 profile under LR 3.2. I like it more than Adobe Standard for the reason that your profile gives more natural rendition of skin tones. Adobe Standard profile provides noticable reddish skin rendition.

    I will share my findings with 70-​300mm F4.5 – 5.6 profile later this day.


  9. Hey Daddybit,

    yeah, should have polished the blog post itself a bit more ;-) Sorry about that, it should be working fine now. Thanks for pointing this out!

  10. Hi!
    I suppose these profiles have took a lot of time to polish!
    I am the owner of a850. Are the profiles for a900 applicable to a850?
    Oh, and “Download” links are not clickable so far, BTW.

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