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Examples: Nikon D700–IR

In March 2009, Reader Phil L sent me his converted Nikon D700 full-spectrum camera in (sensor glass was replaced to pass visible light, infrared, and UV aka “full spectrum”). Using filters, the image can be infrared or visible or a combination of both.

The D700 does the most beautiful job in infrared I’ve yet seen as of late 2010, though Phil requested my input on a sporadic reflection that is apparently a side-effect of the conversion process. I reproduced it, but do not know the cause.

Shown below are two examples shot with the ZF-IR 25/2.8 Distagon and a B+W 093 filter. The outstanding image quality of both the lens and camera are evident.

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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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Nikon D700-IR with Zeiss ZF-IR 25/2.8 Distagon

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