while taking photos of a scenery illuminated with a HMI lamp (magnetic ballast) I noticed the following:
each picture has a different brightness; kind of expected, since the camera shutter is not synchronized with the mains frequency (50 Hz here, i.e. 100 Hz light pulses)
Every picture has a different color tint to it. The effect is very obvious, color casts vary between white, greenish/yellowish, blueish and magenta/pink.
The digital camera was set to a fixed color temperature (daylight), so this is no "pumping" effect of an auto white balance or anything.
So my question is:
Does HMI light color really vary over one cycle of mains frequency when using magnetic ballasts? Or are my lamps/ballasts damaged? I tried this with two different HMI fixtures/lamps (with new lamps), same behavior for both of them.
Followup Question: why doesn't this have an effect on color uniformity with digital (non global shutter) or film cameras with mirror shutter? After all, different parts of the image are exposed at different times, right? Or does it have an effect sometimes?