Lens Color Rendition

Started Dec 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
Mark Scott Abeln
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Order of importance

Color rendering has several factors, but some are more important than others:

  1. The color of the subjects. Just because two objects have the same apparent color under a given condition, doesn't mean that they reflect all frequencies of light in an identical manner. This will effect ultimate color rendering.
  2. The color of the light. This is of greater importance than one might suspect, since human eyes tend to subtract out the color of light, and so can identify colors under a wide range of colors. 
  3. The white balance setting of the camera. This will greatly change the colors seen, more than any other factor. Automatic white balance might change quite a bit even in the same room, changing color rendering.
  4. The innate color rendering of the camera. The fixed color filters embedded in the camera's sensor lead to unique color renderings, different from other makes and models. 
  5. The lens has a slight color cast. Back in the film days, the color of the lens was a consideration in selecting lenses, since film brands had fixed color temperatures. It is of little importance these days. 
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