infrared photography with converted Canon Rebel XT

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Sibir, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. Sibir

    Sibir Guest

    Anyone else exploring the IR world with a Rebel XT or other DSLR?

    I dabbled with Kodak BW IR film as a teenager many years ago, but never
    really got into it due to many issues that led me to lose the drive and eye
    for not only the IR but visible light as well.

    I've had a converted Rebel XT for 10 months but have only put a few hours on
    it due to the job I do to pay for my bills. The experience this time it is
    far better, and has revived my interest in and ability to see the world I
    want to present. I had the focusing calibrated to the stock lens it ships
    with and I'm very unhappy with the lens. It has a definite hotspot that
    rears it's ugly head quite often.

    Experiences from others and maybe even a suggestion for a better standard
    lens would be greatly appreciated.

    Sibir, Feb 9, 2008
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  2. Sibir

    Joel Guest

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    Joel, Feb 9, 2008
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  3. I used to shoot Kodak HIE film (which I hear they were trying to eliminate).
    Now I shoot IR in digital exclusively. I shoot with a Nikon D1x, using both
    stock Nikon and Tamron lenses. I also use an 87 filter, which is quite
    annoying with an SLR, 'cause you have to compose and then put the filter on
    to shoot each time. I don't own a rangefinder, which would solve this

    I usually get good results with f11 at 20-30 seconds (the Nikon does have
    some anit-IR filtration built-in). I then desaturate the magenta-looking
    image in PhotoShop to render a B&W image, and sometimes increase the
    contrast in PhotoShop as well. I haven't experienced any hotspots with
    these lenses, but you do have to watch for lens flare of course... So you
    may want to try a Tamron or even Phoenix lens. They're not top of the
    shelf, but with IR it doesn't seem to show.

    Hope this helps,
    Ursus Californicus, Feb 10, 2008
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