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May 2, 2021 11:11:14   #
CarolS
 
I want to buy an infrared camera from Life Pixel or Kolarvision. Does anyone recommend one or the other. I have an iPhone 12 max that I can use, but I always have to carry a tripod.

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May 2, 2021 13:35:22   #
MT Shooter Loc: Montana
 
CarolS wrote:
I want to buy an infrared camera from Life Pixel or Kolarvision. Does anyone recommend one or the other. I have an iPhone 12 max that I can use, but I always have to carry a tripod.


I had Life Pixel convert one of my Nikon DF bodies to IR because I really wanted a fast full frame for IR. Fun to experiment and play with, not not terribly practical.

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May 3, 2021 07:30:28   #
sueyeisert Loc: New Jersey
 
I’ve used both companies companies. They are both good. Just make sure you get a camera that will take a correct white balance for infrared.

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May 3, 2021 08:27:03   #
47greyfox Loc: Colorado front range
 
I went with Life Pixel and converted a Canon PowerShot. As my first experience with IR, proceeded cautiously. I didn’t consider Kolar since LP had a special going and had excellent ratings. I got plenty of pre conversion advice and excellent support after the conversion. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again or purchase one of their converted offerings.

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May 3, 2021 11:39:55   #
SteveHmeyer Loc: Cincinnati OH USA
 
I bought a Sony A7R ii that was converted to full spectrum from LifePixel and am pleased with the quality of their conversion work.

Are you sure you want a dedicated IR camera?

A full spectrum conversion allows you to shoot IR, VIS and UV with proper filters.

To get around the hassle of external filters I have purchased clip-in IR pass filters from. STC in Taiwan. Here’s the link:

https://stcoptics.com/en/clip_filter/

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May 3, 2021 17:16:58   #
Lucian Loc: From Wales, living in Ohio
 
I had one converted (a simple Canon point and shoot for size and easy of carry around for fun) and it was for 790nm which gives the best for simply B&W images. Be sure you know what you are going for because another spectrum will mean you still need to do a lot of post work, if you are after true B&W and not magenta or blueish images.

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May 3, 2021 21:29:21   #
Canisdirus
 
If you have photoshop, you can make practically any regular image look like an infra red image.
No one can tell the difference.

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May 4, 2021 01:05:01   #
Boris77
 
CarolS wrote:
I want to buy an infrared camera from Life Pixel or Kolarvision. Does anyone recommend one or the other. I have an iPhone 12 max that I can use, but I always have to carry a tripod.


I have an Panasonic Lumix G that I had converted years ago by LifePixel after I found it on their recommended list and decided it had the handling features that suited me. I have been very happy with its quality, although the file size is limiting. Shooting IR again (I did film) made me realize that I much preferred straight people pictures. Fortunately the Lumix is small and light so I can throw it in the camera bag with batteries, etc.
IF I were to do it now I would buy one of the cameras they recommend AND have for sale. The enticement/roadblock I find now is the many choices of conversion type. I think that there is a load of good information on their website, plus I was farther helped by their Chat when I got serious..
Boris

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May 4, 2021 10:20:56   #
47greyfox Loc: Colorado front range
 
Canisdirus wrote:
If you have photoshop, you can make practically any regular image look like an infra red image.
No one can tell the difference.


When you convert a “normal” image into a IR like image, all instructions I’ve seen require conversion to monochrome as part of the process. Are you aware of another method that doesn’t require that?

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May 4, 2021 13:40:39   #
Canisdirus
 
https://photography.tutsplus.com/tutorials/creating-an-infrared-effect-using-photoshop--photo-6056

https://digital-photography-school.com/create-infrared-effect-photoshop/

There you go...

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May 4, 2021 14:19:43   #
47greyfox Loc: Colorado front range
 
Canisdirus wrote:
https://photography.tutsplus.com/tutorials/creating-an-infrared-effect-using-photoshop--photo-6056

https://digital-photography-school.com/create-infrared-effect-photoshop/

There you go...


Thanks!!

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May 4, 2021 19:32:51   #
Canisdirus
 
47greyfox wrote:
Thanks!!


No worries!

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May 4, 2021 23:26:53   #
peekaboo
 
CarolS wrote:
I want to buy an infrared camera from Life Pixel or Kolarvision. Does anyone recommend one or the other. I have an iPhone 12 max that I can use, but I always have to carry a tripod.


I have 2 canon cameras converted by Life Pixel and they work great although I've hade them done quiet a time ago.

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May 5, 2021 10:59:19   #
Lucian Loc: From Wales, living in Ohio
 
Canisdirus wrote:
If you have photoshop, you can make practically any regular image look like an infra red image.
No one can tell the difference.


I respectfully disagree. Although you can make a good representation of an IR photo, there is a difference when you compare it to a real IR taken photo to the colour version.

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May 5, 2021 11:34:17   #
JBRIII
 
Lucian wrote:
I respectfully disagree. Although you can make a good representation of an IR photo, there is a difference when you compare it to a real IR taken photo to the colour version.


Also, you could use an IR source to take photos in dark with an IR camera. Finally, there must be some materials which absorb IR, like some flowers in UV, which simple B&W conversion would not show, this is definitely true in spectroscopy and photography is essentially broad band 2D spectroscopy. I believe in a book I read they also talked about IR flouresence possibilities.

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