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Examples: Canon EOS 5D–IR

Comments based on conversion by maxmax.com. Internal filtration with XNite 715 glass filter. This was my preferred infrared camera for most infrared work, now supplanted by the 5D Mark II. It often produces pleasing false-color possibilities (see Workflow).

Although the 5D is often cited as having very low digital “noise”, such statements are made (even by professionals), who haven’t really taken the time to test properly with a variety of subjects, lighting and indeed lenses (radio-interference banding). In general, the claims of low noise are true, but the 5D also can produce what is best termed “fairy dust”—moderately bright white speckles all over the frame which are a nightmare to deal with when sharpening (see Noise). Admittedly, unless one tests at least 10 samples of a camera, it’s hard to say if such conclusions are the norm, but that is the case with my particular 5D, and a 2nd copy I owned for a brief time. An acquaintance of mine reports the same issue.

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Diglloyd Infrared Photography covers cameras and lenses for infrared photography.

The coverage explains all the issues involved in shooting in infrared, which do not change. It is not a review of any particular camera or lens, though many examples are included.

  • Guidance on workflow for infrared, including black and white and channel swapping for false-color images.
  • How infrared renders, and why certain spectral cutoffs matter: false color vs black and white.
  • Image quality issues to be on the lookout for in infrared.
  • Numerous lens evaluations in infrared.

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Canon 5D Mark II-IR + Coastal Optics 60/4 UV-VIS-IR APO macro

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