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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 6:00 pm 
I'm attempting to DIY 2 narrow table top 55 Watt 3500K Flourescent Lights (F55W2D) that are actually dimmable for table top use with a tent.
These lamps are only 8" x 8" as I'm doing only Macro and small items and should provide even lighting plus they will be dimmable.

My only concern is that they are 3500K and presently no one manufacturers a 5700K equivilant.

Question: My Olympus 510 has many equivilant settings for these applications, but will setting the white balance to either 4000 / 4500 / 6600K / or Custom equal that of a true 5700K specific designed Lamp? Will it result in off color?

The other reason for this DIY is that I have very little area to set this up and these lamps will only have a total depth of 3 1/2" and will allow me to place these quite close to the tent, getting these lamps gratis is another incentive!

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Not sure about the settings, but you can (and should) shoot RAW. Then there is no loss of IQ when correcting the wb afterwards...

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:36 pm 
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you can also set the [Fn] button for the ONE TOUCH WB setting. And Manually set the WB by shooting a white pice of paper under the lighting conditions then your camera should be set for that WB

In the end, Shoot RAW.


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