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Chris Platt Silver Member  Newburg, US  Nikonian since 30th Sep 2012 Wed 18-Sep-13 01:18 PM
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"Apple Teaches Nikon a Lesson About White Balance?"



I'm very impressed with the two LED flash system on the new iPhone 5S - one white and the other amber. Apparently the lights work in tandem to automatically balance flash with the ambient lighting conditions. Very cool! I wonder if we'll see a Nikon flash with dual flash tubes or some other method for automatically adjusting flash temperature.

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas   US  Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007 Wed 18-Sep-13 06:24 PM
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Hi Chris,

Anything is possible.

Thinking out loud:

I wonder how well it does with flourescent light.

Same for mixed light sources.

Speedlights have enough power to overpower the color temperature of the ambient light while the LED's in a phone do not.

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Chris Platt Silver Member  Newburg, US  Nikonian since 30th Sep 2012 Thu 19-Sep-13 02:31 AM
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Agreed, LED's would be a non-starter. Conductive and color-changing plastics have been around for a few years, so one can imagine the plastic lens over the flash tube responding to changing color temperatures.

I don't imagine the iPhone system would handle fluorescent very well, but just having the amber capability would address 90% of the situations where I have jelled a flash and set a custom white balance. But then tungsten lights these days are headed for the same trash heap as film. But it is still a clever innovation.

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas   US  Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007 Thu 19-Sep-13 07:01 PM
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Hi Chris,

> But it is still a clever innovation.

Yes!
Very clever.

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Marty

  

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