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Old Feb 13, 2007, 9:07 AM   #1
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I picked up a rather generic but acclaimed quality infrared filter. ) It is 850nm and I am clueless on how to use it. Any pointers? I have the Panasonic FZ5.

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Old Feb 13, 2007, 10:41 AM   #2
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Sad to say, the fz5 is not very ir sensitive and an 850nm pass filter is a pretty strong filter. You will need long shutter times in the 5-10s range. I gave up on the fz5 with ir.

But ir is alot of fun and there are some (mostly older) digicams that are quite ir sensitive anddo wellhandheld. The oldpany fz1 and lc40 are two. The fx01 is not too bad at <1s. The fz7 has shown some good results at ~5s. The most popular filter is the hoya r72 which is a 720nm pass filter.
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Old Feb 13, 2007, 11:03 AM   #3
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Oh, is that right...interesting. So, are these filters primarily meant for film cameras?

I think I just wasted some money. lol I will try some long exposures... )

Thanks Fred!
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One thing you may consider is most DSLRs have a IR filter built in which can be usually removed/replaced......the camera will function very well and be very sensitive to IR light.

So if you get hooked on the IR thing you can look for an old Nikon at a good price.

I imagine that can be done with any DSLR but I am sure it can be done with the D70, D100 and such.

Perhaps Fred knows for sure but I think the FZ1 was good for IR photos.

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So, are these filters primarily meant for film cameras?
Most irfilters were originally designed for film but they work fine with ir sensitve digicams. I kept my fz1 just for ir. Samples with the hoya r72 at http://www.ishots.net/infrared.
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Funny you should mention this!! I just did a small presentation for the photography club I am a member of...I could send you the notes I took and the websites if you want to send me yer email address in a private message!!!

It is lots of fun!!!!
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Old Feb 13, 2007, 3:24 PM   #7
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Hi Annie...ok, will do!
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FZ1v2 is still great for IR. This picture is my Dad's house on the Big Island of Hawai'i.

Here is a link of Jim Chen who can convert a dSLR to an IR camera. I am contemplating getting D50 solely for this purpose. He has some great images as well.

http://www.jimchenphoto.com/digitalinfrared.html
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Wonderful and fascinating images here Fred.


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So, are these filters primarily meant for film cameras?
Most irfilters were originally designed for film but they work fine with ir sensitve digicams. I kept my fz1 just for ir. Samples with the hoya r72 at http://www.ishots.net/infrared.
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Very nice. I will check out the link. Thanks for the input here.


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FZ1v2 is still great for IR. This picture is my Dad's house on the Big Island of Hawai'i.

Here is a link of Jim Chen who can convert a dSLR to an IR camera. I am contemplating getting D50 solely for this purpose. He has some great images as well.

http://www.jimchenphoto.com/digitalinfrared.html
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