getting extra lighting over subjects

aaronnorth

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I was thinking about getting a light unit, i thought about something like this:
http://nextday.diy.com/app/jsp/product/ ... ctId=32394

would 500w be overkill? I am thinking yes but have no idea :rolleyes:

if someone can give an "average" wattage to aim for then i'll be happy :) Its mainly for photgraphing my tank, which will already have 108 watts over it.


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You don'tneed a 110 volt one like this (unless you've got a transformer near your tank). Theses are available in 240 volts. Lamp wattage depends on your camera's abilities, so up to you. You could buy the unit and a smaller watt lamp!

That said 500 watts is a bit overkill, generally speaking, unless you've got an enormous tank and want to light it from a distance for full tank shots!
 

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Simon D said:
You don'tneed a 110 volt one like this (unless you've got a transformer near your tank). Theses are available in 240 volts. Lamp wattage depends on your camera's abilities, so up to you. You could buy the unit and a smaller watt lamp!

That said 500 watts is a bit overkill, generally speaking, unless you've got an enormous tank and want to light it from a distance for full tank shots!

it wasnt that specific model, just an example as it was the first i came too :rolleyes:

camera isnt that good, do you think an extra 100w would be sufficient?
 

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Be careful with those lamps Aaron,they get really hot. Also, for photography purposes, you will find they are very yellow and you will need to adjust your white balance accordingly.

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aaronnorth said:
camera isnt that good, do you think an extra 100w would be sufficient?
I think, spend the money on upgrading your camera. You seem happy enough with the tank lights, get a camera that will do this setup justice.
 

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Simon D said:
aaronnorth said:
camera isnt that good, do you think an extra 100w would be sufficient?
I think, spend the money on upgrading your camera. You seem happy enough with the tank lights, get a camera that will do this setup justice.

it is an option, that is still in the back of my mind. Nikon D40's are dead cheap now, even brand new.
 

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Graeme Edwards said:
Be careful with those lamps Aaron,they get really hot.

Indeed they do....

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Considering I've now damaged 2 tanks, I'm thinking it would be cheaper to get myself a DSLR :D
 

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