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Old 01-01-2007, 19:18   #1 (permalink)
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Question Anyone converted their DSLR to Infra Red ?

After constantly being impressed with Toonies IR shots recently, I was wondering if anyone has converted their camera to IR permanently ? For the Nikon D70 I believe you have to remove a filter within the camera itself

I know you can go the Hoya R72 route, but I'm not sure if the results would be as good ?

Can anyone advise ?
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Old 01-01-2007, 19:29   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Anyone converted their DSLR to Infra Red ?

I too was impressed with Toonies work and thought I could just stick an IR filter on my lens.

Bought myself a Hoya 52mm IR filter at Christmas and immediately found out how wrong I was

Thought about buying a S/H 300D and getting it converted but it's cheaper just to look at Toonies gallery
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Old 01-01-2007, 20:03   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Anyone converted their DSLR to Infra Red ?

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Bought myself a Hoya 52mm IR filter at Christmas and immediately found out how wrong I was
What went wrong ? Was it getting the exposure right that was the problem ?

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Thought about buying a S/H 300D and getting it converted but it's cheaper just to look at Toonies gallery
Although those Hoya filters are not cheap ....around £70 from memory for 72mm
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Old 01-01-2007, 20:11   #4 (permalink)
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What went wrong ? Was it getting the exposure right that was the problem ?
Yes plus I was stupid enough to think I could just stick the filter on and fire a few shots off.

Even thought that there was some black protecting covering over the filter and I was looking how to peel it off ........don't tell anyone as I won't live that one down
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Old 01-01-2007, 20:17   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Anyone converted their DSLR to Infra Red ?

I think you just told the world
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Old 01-01-2007, 22:14   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Anyone converted their DSLR to Infra Red ?

Dave, Try this

LifePixel Digital Camera Infrared IR Conversion Services. DIY IR Tutorials

Or you could just cheat & use Photoshop

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Re: Anyone converted their DSLR to Infra Red ?

Converting a digital camera to IR is a VERY fiddly process as you will see if you look at that tutorial. It is a major task and will of course void any warranty you have left on the camera.

It means disassembling a lot of the camera and removing the filter over the front of the sensor, which is sealed all the way around. The chances of you taking that off and putting it back again without getting dust inside is about 100:1 so if you really want it that badly, I recommend strongly you buy yourself a cheap second hand Canon D30 (not 30D!!!) and play with that.

IR can be very closely approximated using Photoshop so it seems a bit pointless going to all that effort and risking wrecking the camera at the same time IMHO.

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Converting a digital camera to IR is a VERY fiddly process
Ummm, not on a Sigma SD10. Only a small screwdriver is needed: remove the dustshield which also acts as IR filter (which you remove to clean the sensor, BTW!)

Keep meaning to go out for a day but have only done small local shots. I'll probably wait 'til I get my next camera body
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IR can be very closely approximated using Photoshop.

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Maybe a tutorial for the future Rob?
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Re: Anyone converted their DSLR to Infra Red ?

It was a popular pastime for old 300D users (old cameras not people).
It is relatively easy for all but the mechanically incompetent,

The risks of permanent damage are HIGH, so if you do not have a camera you can afford to dustbin, don't do it.

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IR can be very closely approximated using Photoshop so it seems a bit pointless going to all that effort and risking wrecking the camera at the same time IMHO.
Is this true? I would have thought the information was fundamentally not present in the outputted file unless you have converted the camera by removing the IR filter.

I'm sure that you can get an effect that is similar to the results you would get using an IR-sensitive camera, but the effect would merely imitate the appearance of IR and wouldn't be the same as an actual IR photograph, except by chance. Or am I mistaken?

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The risks of permanent damage are HIGH, so if you do not have a camera you can afford to dustbin, don't do it.
Worth pointing out that LifePixel will convert your camera for you if you send it to them. Obviously the cost is higher, but you wouldn't have the risk of turning your camera into a paperweight.
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Re: Anyone converted their DSLR to Infra Red ?

Mmmmm $95 plus a steady hand to convert my Nikon D70 .....decisions, decisions
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Re: Anyone converted their DSLR to Infra Red ?

I saw some instructions somewhere on the web on how to convert a camera er sooner you than me if you go for it, although it will be a nice addition to the kit bag having a body for IR

Reminds me I got that filter somewhere.......may as well offer for sale.
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