A Whole New Infrared World

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by carbon_dragon, Jul 11, 2005.

  1. I've recently purchased a new light meter from David Romano online and
    it's just the coolest thing to be able to use Kodak HIE (High Speed
    Infrared Black and White) film and actually have a meter that works
    correctly for the film. It's a modified Minolta Auto Meter VF. I took
    it out this weekend before the hurricane washed over us and it worked
    like a charm. The neat thing is that it lets you concentrate on what
    image you're going for instead of on all the rules of thumb you use for
    deciding the exposure.

    Why hasn't anyone built an IR meter before? Such a great idea.

    I find it hard to believe that the DSLRs will ever have an "HIE" mode
    even if they are IR sensitive since quite a lot of the charm from HIE
    is its lack of an anti-halation layer and the corresponding ghostly
    halos of light sources. Plus like any SLR (digital or otherwise) they'd
    have a hard time seeing through even a 25A filter much less an opaque
    one. Anyway it's a great film and I just hope Kodak keeps making it.
    Kudos to David for having a great idea and making it happen.
    carbon_dragon, Jul 11, 2005
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  2. carbon_dragon

    columbotrek Guest

    This is why I use a range finder for my IR work. Those opaque filters
    are just impossiable to see through. There is a guy who modifies
    Digital SLRs for IR. Replaces the IR cut filter with an IR pass filter.
    This allows the photog to look through the viewfinder because there is
    no filter mounted on the lens. Of course this mod ruins the camera for
    visiable light photography and so would be for someone who could afford
    more than one digital body. Plus he charges a lot for the mod. I think
    that the light meter you are refering to has had an IR pass band filter
    installed in it and a re-calibration job.
    columbotrek, Jul 12, 2005
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  3. It is nice. Auto-focus for IR and preview on the LCD screen on the
    back are even nicer, though :).
    Yes, this is one place where consumer digital cameras have a big
    advantage over the DSLRs.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Jul 14, 2005
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