Can you comment on Infrared conversion for a DSLR camera? I am now using the Nikon D700 but I have an old Nikon D70 and I’m thinking of having it converted. I love to shoot nature and I am looking for something new in the look of my images. Do you have an opinion about converting cameras for this purpose? P. Babcock
I do know a couple of photo enthusiasts who had their old EOS Digital Rebels converted for Infrared photography but have not done so myself. Do note that the warranty of any DSLR-of any brand-will be void if it is modified. And once a camera has been converted to “IR Only”, it cannot be used for conventional photography unless you’re willing pay for a re-conversion.
Aside from those caveats, it’s a great idea if you really want to shoot Infrared photos for creative or scientific purposes with a rarely-used camera. My enquiries indicate that Life Pixel is a competent conversion expert with competitive rates, about $325. (They can modify DSLRs as well as some cameras with built-in lenses.)
Life Pixel completes the conversion to “IR Only” by removing the camera’s hot mirror filter (in front of the sensor) and replacing it with an infrared or clear filter; a focus adjustment is also made. Afterwards, the camera will take Infrared photos without the need for a dark IR filter attached to the lens; hence, exposure times will be normal.
For additional specifics review LifePixel’s FAQ page. Anyone considering a modification should also read Michael Reichmann’s informative article Exploring the World of Infrared Photography
With a Modified Canon 20D. You’ll note that Michael mentions another conversion service, LDP/MaxMax and you may want to check out their web site as well.