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Fuji F50 infrared

I bought a Fuji F50fd 12-megapixel point and shit camera recently, and converted it for permanent infrared use for me. Of course, image quality can’t come close to matching my Canon EOS 5D-IR, a (formerly) $3500 camera with a $500 conversion to infrared. But it’s a good performer, a bargain at its $240 price at (don’t forget an extra battery and 4GB SD card).

The large sensor (1/1.6") beats the pants off anything in its class, and at 60-80% of the price of competing cameras it’s great for those on a budget. But the bottom line (for me) is that it makes a terrific point and shoot infrared camera. It’s faster than the F30 I’ve been using and it takes Secure Digital (SD) cards too. It’s not perfect, but it works great for infrared and has no “hot spots”. Still, its 12 megapixels are not twice as good as the 6 megapixels of the Fuji F30-IR I have; maybe it’s 40% better. But that’s true of any 12 megapixel camera: pixel size matters a great deal in spite of what the bozos in the marketing department might claim.

Below are a few samples from my F50-IR that I took recently in Yosemite. It was really an afterthought since I had the Canon EOS 5D-IR and the Zeiss ZF 25mm f/2.8 Distagon prototype lens, but they’re pretty good snapshots.

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