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with articles on infrared photography, the best infrared conversion service in the world, already converted cameras, DIY IR filters, IR Lens filters, UV bandpass filters, astrophotography conversions, drone modifications, scratched sensor repair, and more. We are the home of the world’s only hotspot reducing anti-reflective coated infrared filters.

At Kolari Vision, we believe that infrared photography shouldn’t have to be difficult. With premium infrared conversions and responsive customer service, let us help you find your perfect solution. Get started with our getting started guide and infrared articles, or browse our services below.

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The Ultra Color filter (590nm) The Ultra Color filter (590nm) lets more visible light in, producing the most vibrant colors. Leaves are golden yellow, and skies are bright blue. B+W contrast is lower than the deeper IR filters.
When to use this filter: This filter is good for vibrant color IR landscapes, allowing the most flexibility in post processing. Also a good choice for portraits. The shallow IR shows less veins than the deeper IR filters while still creating a dreamy look. May not be as sharp as the deeper filters do to increased chromatic aberration.

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The Enhanced Color filter (665nm) The Enhanced color filter (720nm) has an effect between the 720nm and 590nm, producing more vibrant colors than the 720nm for pale yellow leaves and brighter blue skies.
When to use this filter: My most used filter, this filter is best suited for processing to a traditional blue sky and white leaves, by desaturating the yellow in the leaves. This produces a look like the 720nm filter, but providing a richer blue that comes out more reliably between different cameras and different shooting conditions. Also a good choice for portraits. The shallow IR shows less veins than the deeper IR filters while still creating a dreamy look. May not be as sharp as the deeper filters do to increased chromatic aberration.

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The Standard IR Filter (720nm) This is the tried and true classic IR filter. It allows for good color for false color, and good contrast for black and white. This is equivalent to the Hoya R72 and Wratten 89b.
When to use this filter: This filter is good if you are interested in shooting some mild color and black and white. This filter produces the traditional dark blue skies and can also be processed for color. While not as high contrast as the 850nm, people prefer this filter over the 850nm for B+W work, as it allows a little more color for B+W processing.

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The Deep Black and White filter (850nm) is good for a dedicated black and white IR. The camera and will produce bright whites and pronounced darks. With a custom white balance in camera, the picture is close to pure B+W without any processing.  Equivalent to the Wratten 87c.
When to use this filter: This filter is the best for the highest contrast B+W, closest resembling traditional B+W IR film. Also good for forensics and other applications where the deep IR wavelengths are helpful.

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The NDVI Blue IR filter (Blue +IR) Our newest filter transmits both blue and IR, making it ideal for NDVI crop analysis applications, allowing an NDVI to be generated from a single image using the blue and red channels of the image. This filter is also handy for landscape photography, as it produces a similar effect to the 590nm after a channel swap, right out of the camera.
When to use this filter: Good for crop analysis purposes and a false color IR without post processing. Due to the multiple bands the lens has to focus with this filter, the images are less sharp than they can be with the dedicated IR filters.

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The Full Spectrum filter (clear glass) makes the camera sensitive to UV, visible, and IR light, allowing switching between various external filters to achieve the desired effect, this allows going between infrared and regular shooting with one camera, however on DSLRs opaque infrared filters will block composition.
The Two Spectrum filter (IR + Visible) makes the camera sensitive to visible and IR light. It works the same way as the full spectrum, while filtering out UV for better color rendition in visible light shooting.
When to use these filters: Cameras converted to these filters offer the most flexibility to narrow down the specific spectrum at the lens level, allowing you to get the most out of one camera body. Drawbacks are the requirement for addition filters, and a blocked viewfinder on DSLRs. Get the full spectrum if you want to shoot UV, get the two spectrum if you don't want to shoot UV and want better color from the visible shooting.  

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This is a service that we have developed to replace the Sony A7 series cameras' normally thick sensor glass with a thin-filter replacement that performs better with Leica lenses, film lenses, and non-Sony lenses.

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Available for pre-order now, our UV filter allows for imaging in the ultraviolet band. Useful for assessing sun damage, document analysis, forensics, plant photography, and many others.

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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

  • Kolari Visions conversion service is a high quality professional service. With me having over 40 years in photography of one kind or another, I would usually never let anyone touch a camera unless it was a factory authorized shop. To show my skepticism, I went over the camera with a 10x eye loop. I looked for screws with messed up heads, and or gaps and poor fitting shells. NONE of this showed up. And since the fingers are more sensitive than the eyes, I closed my eyes and carefully felt the camera all over! Wow! Great Job! Kolari Visions. The test will come over the next few months, but the first few shots I made were analyzed from edge to edge, and blown up to see pixel behavior at the edges and around the center. Quality was there and I now place Kolari Visions card In with the manufactures. They are a place I will return to and know I am getting first class work done. The service and advice is great, so if you want a great job done Kolari Visions I will recommend. If you are not quite sure what to get. Then E-Mail the staff and they will give you an honest idea for the product to fit you. If you are on a budget, push it now because once you are hooked on the fun, you will be glad you did.

    Steve Shelton
  • Ordered Lumix SZ7 720nm converted camera on 2nd Oct , received on 6th Oct, now that's great service. Camera was well packed & secure in the box, contents where as advertised. It looked brand new, no scrapes, scratches or any marks that I could see. Still getting used to it, but it seems to work fine. The IR action that is listed on your web page for Photoshop also works with Elements 12 (may want to update that page). I'm happy with my purchase & will use your company again in the future for a DSLR conversion. Also would have no problems recommending your company to friends or anyone that is thinking of buying or converting a camera to IR.

    CJ Kelly
  • I am so glad I had my infrared conversion done by KolariVision! Even before I sent my camera in, KolariVision was a great resource for me in learning about Infrared photography. The website is so thorough, and my personal emails were answered incredibly quickly. I can’t believe how quick the turnaround time was after I sent out my camera. Most importantly, the conversion is perfect! Everything was set up and ready to go for me when the camera arrived – I just set my custom white balance, and was shooting really cool pictures immediately. The support materials sent back with my camera were helpful. I highly recommend this service!

    Jacki Dickert
  • I have bought two IR converted Lumix compacts from Kolari Vision. The first was an FH20, the second an SZ7. Both have been excellent, easy to use, and have produced images which I have been happy to have made into 60*45cm canvasses. Throroughly recommended.

    Andrew Richardson
  • I have bought the 665nm filter for DIY conversion of my 20D. Package arrived quickly - and I live in europe :) I have performed the conversion by myself and thanks to great fitment of the filter it turned out to be pretty easy and conversion was a success. Thanks to the exact thickness of the new filter i did not have any problems with AF after conversion. Thanks KolariVision!

    Bartosz