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wind30

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I read from a book saying that I need a 5000k lamp to view the photos so that the color looks correct.

Is that necessary? Currently I am using a florescent (daylight) bulb for my room. Is necessary where can I get a 5000k lamp. I just checked courts, they do not know what the temperature of their lamp is.....
 

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hah? Are you sure the book is not talking about the colour temperature of a light box for slide viewing?
 

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no leh. The book said photos will look different under different lighting conditions so it is better to dim your room and rely on a 5000k lamp.... supposedly 5000k light is the standard for judging pictures....???
 

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hmm, make sense. After all, looking at pictures under an orange light is gonna give you an orange cast :D But personally, daylight's good enough for me, cos its available everywhere (esp in Singapore), it's free, and you ain't gonna get more daylight balanced than true daylight :bsmilie:
 

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Even the sun can have temperature variations. It is "whiter" at noon compared to mornings and evenings.

Most "daylight" florescent tubes are at 6500K, therefore likely to have a slight shift to the blue side. It shouldn't cause a lot of problem unless you are really picky. Some labs just use normal florescent tubes to construct a lightbox for customers to have a quick scan of their negs.

If you want 5000K light, go for lightboxes. They will do your slides justice.
 

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Ah Pao said:
Even the sun can have temperature variations. It is "whiter" at noon compared to mornings and evenings.

Most "daylight" florescent tubes are at 6500K, therefore likely to have a slight shift to the blue side. It shouldn't cause a lot of problem unless you are really picky. Some labs just use normal florescent tubes to construct a lightbox for customers to have a quick scan of their negs.

If you want 5000K light, go for lightboxes. They will do your slides justice.
The most accurate way to view prints of coz, via a viewing booth with a 5000K lamp with the correct brightness. But that's not going to be cheap....

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So anyone has any ideas on a Cheap Lamp (less than $100) in Singapore for viewing photo prints???

I just got a cheap desk lamp and I find the light from it TOTALLY different from what I see in the day. :( waste money

I saw recommendations from books and websites for brands like ott-lite. Is this brand sold in singapore?
 

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