Anyone from Sweden into IR photo here?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Sandman, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. Sandman

    Sandman Guest

    I've always wanted to do a IR conversion on a camera, but the only
    option I've found is the one from Lifepixel, and it just seems a bit
    pricey to send a camera from Sweden to them for conversion.

    Anyone know of a place that would do such a conversion in Sweden?
    Sandman, Jul 2, 2012
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    otter Guest

    What camera were you thinking about doing this to? For a cheap DSLR,
    I'd be tempted to take the DIY route. YOU could be the place in
    Sweden that does this.
    otter, Jul 3, 2012
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  3. Sandman

    Sandman Guest

    Haha :)

    I don't think it's complicated, really. But from what I've read, focus
    calibration may get wonky when doing it yourself.

    The guides I've seen are for cameras such as the D70, which still
    costs about $360 on Ebay here in Sweden. So a new D3100 may be equally
    fitting, since it retails at about $490. I know the D70 is more
    fitting for using a IR filter, but for an IR conversion, any camera
    should do.
    Sandman, Jul 3, 2012
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    Rob Guest

    Although this is out of date but maybe a reference. there are sites
    which give you a DIY prospective.
    Rob, Jul 3, 2012
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    otter Guest

    These tutorials seem to spell out the process in detail for quite a
    few cameras:

    I thought you were going to convert an old camera you already own. If
    you are going to buy a camera for the pupose, that adds to the cost,
    of course, but you might want to consider just buying one that has
    already been converted.

    As for focus adjustment, I'd lean towards using a camera with MFA, so
    you could fine tune it after the fact, or failing that, just use a
    manual focus lens with it (which implies using a DSLR), since you will
    probably do mostly landscapes, anyway.

    Bear in mind that I have no experience in actually doing this, so take
    this with a grain of salt. I've considered doing this in the past, but
    never got around to it. Just giving some attention to an otherwise
    neglected thread that seemed to be withering on the vine. If someone
    has actual experience and wants to speak up, please do.
    otter, Jul 3, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    I paid a camera mechanic about fifty dollars to remove the IR filter.
    While the results are not true infrared, I am quite satisfied.
    this also appeared in the SI

    PeterN, Jul 3, 2012
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    Sandman Guest

    Yes, those are the ones I've been looking at.
    I don't know if there is much IR conversion here in Sweden, not that I
    know of. Finding a used one doesn't seem easy. I'll bid on some older
    D50's and see if I can get one cheap. D70's usually get quite
    expensive in auctions
    Well, that's true. While I'll probably be doing handheld shots just to
    see the effects, most will be landscapes of course. But - most Nikons
    have a indicator to show if the subject is in focus even when focusing
    manually, which probably also will be out of whack.
    If I go through with it, I'll post about it here. :)
    Sandman, Jul 4, 2012
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    RichA Guest

    Get a D70/s Nikon for $200, follow Lifepixel's instructions and remove
    the IR filter. Use a wide angle lens (28mm or wider) and shoot at
    f8.0 using the IR hyperfocal mark. You won't need the internal glass
    plate to rectify focus, so no $170 charge.
    RichA, Jul 4, 2012
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    otter Guest

    I've been playing with a Samyang 14mm, which is a manual focus lens.
    Manual focusing is perhaps a lost art, but you get better with
    practice. After a while, you judge distances better and learn where
    to set the dial. Maybe focus confirmation would help, but I don't see
    it as essential. People used to take pictures without that in the
    past, after all.
    otter, Jul 4, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    Correct. I wonder how many still use hyperfocal distance focusing
    PeterN, Jul 4, 2012
  11. I usually do with focal lengths less than around 40mm, but I find the
    required focal length by careful manual focusing.
    Chris Malcolm, Jul 4, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    Very few have it marked. But I usually wing it by setting the focus
    about 1/3 of the distance between me and the last object I would like to
    see in reasonable focus, at f16, or f11. Of course like may other things
    photographic, this varies with the scene and the lens.
    PeterN, Jul 5, 2012
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