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Today’s high-resolution digital cameras (4 megapixels on up) require exact focus to achieve optimal resolution [see Focus Accuracy at diglloyd.com]. Even stopping down to f/8 or f/11 is often inadequate to overcome focusing error, particularly with longer focal length lenses and/or subjects that are relatively close. And for reliable critical sharpness, a tripod is mandatory when shooting at less than 1/2f, where f is the focal length (see The Sharpest Image).
The two crops below (greatly reduced in size—click each for larger versions) were taken with the Canon EOS 5D-IR using the 135mm f/2L USM. The manually-focused shot required a very small focus adjustment, one at the limit of manual dexterity, and it also looked blurred through the viewfinder. Yet the difference in the sharpness of the resulting image is obvious. Stopping down to f/8 or f/11 would recapture much of the sharpness lost by autofocus, but not all. Stopping down is not a panacea for focus error.
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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.