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Examples: Nikon D800
Conversion by MaxMax.com:
- The sensor cover glass was removed and replaced with new glass of appropriate thickness that passes infrared and blocks visible light.
- The modified D800 now “sees” only infrared light starting at around 715nm.
- Any and all lenses can be used since the filtration is internal.
Infrared photography properly begins around 715nm, with the range of 715-760nm affording “false color”: the R/G/B photosites respond differently to infrared light (differential transmission). Starting around 760nm, all of the R/G/B photosites go transparent to infrared, thus the image becomes pure monochrome (the photosites all see the same luminance).
The human eye can actually see dimly out to ~900nm (possibly even farther, albeit very dimly), a fact which can be determined by looking directly into an infrared LED in a dark room.
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