IR- To Convert Or Not To Convert?
August 21, 2008 9:23pm CST
I love infrared photography! I currently have an infrared filter that I attach to the end of my camera. These IR filters require you to put your camera on a tripod and use a very long exposure. Unfortunately, long exposures aren't always practical for all situations. Plus, infrared filters are pretty expensive, so I only have one. Which means it will only fit on one of my lenses. There is an alternative to using IR filters, and that is converting your camera to shoot infrared. Life Pixel http://lifepixel.com is a company that converts digital cameras to shoot infrared. With these converted cameras, you can shoot handheld infrared photos with quick shutter speeds! Plus, since it's your actual camera that is altered, you can use any lens to get infrared photos! My first DSLR was a Nikon D70. I later upgraded to a Nikon D300. I still have my D70, but I haven't even touched it since I got my D300. So I'm debating whether or not to convert my D70 in infrared. The problem with the conversion is that it voids the warranty. Plus, I'm currently using my D70 as a back up camera, so if I convert it then I lose my back up. Plus, I'm very attached to my D70! It's my baby! I'm pretty uncomfortable at the thought of opening her up and altering her! I could always buy a used D70 for around $300. But then it's another $200-$400 for the conversion. Which is a lot of money I end up spending, when I don't need to buy another camera, since I don't even touch my D70 as it is! So I haven't decided what to do. What would you recommend? Is anyone else into infrared photography?