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  1. #1
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    Jan 2005
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    D80 to Infrared conversion help

    Hi, I would like to know if anyone has had a D80 converted to I/R and if so are you happy with it
    I have a D80 which is my spare camera, and would like the conversion done,as opposed to just using an I/R filter on the lens
    Thanks in advance
    Regards,,Brian
    Nikon d200+ battery grip
    Nikon d80 with battery grip
    Nikon 18-135 kit lens 3.5-5.6ed
    Nikon 70-300vr 4.5-5.6g
    Nikon 50 mm 1.8 d
    Tamron 90mm. 2.8 macro
    Nikon 18-200vr
    Sigma 10-20
    Nikon speedlight sb800

  2. #2
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    Sep 2006
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    Well, since it appears no-one has done this (including myself), make sure you completely understand the ramifications.

    If you remove the embedded IR filter then the sensor will see visible and Near IR light. So you will now need minimum 2 filters if you want to shoot normal as well as IR. You will need a filter for cutting out the IR (in order to take normal photos) as well as at least one IR "Pass" filter for cutting out the visible light in order to take IR photos. Different IR lighting conditions benefit from different IR Pass filter levels.

    If you have the embedded filter replaced by an IR PASS filter, then you will not be able to shoot normal photos with the camera. If that IS the case then the camera will not even see visible light. And your flexibility on IR pass filters might be limited.
    Nikon D70s
    Nikkor 50mm 1.8D (If you don't have it you need it)
    Nikkor 18-200mm VR II
    SB-600
    Bogen/Manfrotto Tripods/Heads
    NAS (D300, Nikkor 80-200mm (or 70-200mm)f/2.8, Tamron 90mm Macro)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
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    Northern Colorado, USA
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    A better solution is to pick up a cheap, used D70 or D100. These two cameras had very weak IR filters and so make good IR cameras. See Bjorn Rorslett's site for good discussion on setting up and using a camera as an IR camera.

    I only read this stuff a long time ago. Not my cup of tea, so I've no experience with it. He also has a section on UV photography. In addition to cameras, he also talks about particular lenses that are and are not suitable for IR/UV photography.
    Eric Lund
    Nikon D200
    Nikkors: 17-55mm f2.8, 18-200mm f3.5-f4.5 VR, 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 VR, 35mm f2, 50mm f1.8, 55mm f2.8 AI-S micro, 105mm f2.8 VR micro
    Other Lenses: Tokina 12-24 f4, Tamron 75-300mm f4-5.6 LD macro
    Stuff: Nikon SB800, Nikon MBD200, Gitzo 1327 Tripod w/RRS BH-55LR Ballhead, Sekonic L-358 meter

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