What is infrared photography?

The human eye can detect light from between 400-700nm. This range makes up the colors of the rainbow. Above 700nm is infrared, an invisible world that humans can’t see.

What is infrared photography?

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kolari infrared conversion

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The Ultra Color infrared conversion (590nm) The 590nm infrared conversion 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 infrared filters. When to get this IR conversion: This conversion 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. Cameras with this infrared conversion can also add the 665, 720, and 850 filter over the lens making it the most flexible infrared conversion option if you don't want to shoot normal color.

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The Extra Color infrared conversion (665nm) The Extra color infrared conversion (665nm) 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 get this conversion: Our favorite 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. Cameras with this infrared conversion can also add the 720 and 850 filter over the lens.

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The Standard IR Filter (720nm) This is the tried and true classic infrared conversion. 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 get this infrared conversion: This IR conversion 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, some people prefer this filter over the 850nm for B+W work, as it allows a little more color for B+W processing. Cameras with this conversion can also add the 850nm filter over the lens.

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The Deep Black and White filter (850nm) The 850nm infrared conversion 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 get this infrared conversion: 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 get this conversion: 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. Cameras with this infrared conversion can also add the 720 and 850 filter over the lens.

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The Full Spectrum conversion (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 conversion (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 get these conversions: Cameras with these infrared conversions 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. The only drawbacks are the requirement for addition filters, and a blocked viewfinder on DSLRs. These IR conversions require the use of live view and are perfect for mirrorless cameras. 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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The Sony A7 system was the first full mirrorless camera outside of the Lieca rangefinders, and its short flange distance made it possible to almost universally adapt to any lens to it. This includs Leica rangefinder lenses, making it the only other camera that could use these high quality light lenses, and at a fraction of the price of a Lieca camera. It was quickly discovered, however, that rangefinder lenses did not perform well on the stock Sony A7's due to Sony's inclusion of a very thick sensor filter, which introduced significant blur on the corners when using rangefinder or even SLR film lenses. We have developed a service that replaces 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, significantly improving corner sharpness.

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Available now, our UV filter allows for photography of the ultraviolet band. Useful for assessing sun damage, document analysis, forensics, plant photography, and many others. Our filter is specially designed for no IR light leak at an affordable price. Shop here

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What our clients say

  • I recently had my old canon G10 converted to IR at Kolari. A new life for a much beloved, much used old friend! I am extremely pleased with the results and my dealings with Kolari. Quick turnaround. Easy transactions. Friendly! Very clear instructions on how to choose conversion types, how to send in camera, what to expect, etc. Good tutorials and info for once you begin shooting. Also, one stop shopping - I had them replace my scratched lens assembly at the same time. It worked out very well for me. And I almost forgot - for considerably less than the competition charges! Thank You. Thank You. Highly recommended!

    Jim Chiros
  • 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
  • I have done business as a professional photographer for over 40 years. I’ve been published in just about all major magazines around the world for my car work, mainly Mercedes Benz. I have bought a camera from Kolari Vision that was converted to 720 nm. It is a Lumix G10. The conversion was first rate and the process is like magic! You look in live view and see what you’re getting real time! The shots that come out of this camera are outstanding! I bought a 850nm filter for just Black and White infrared work but the 720 is a great choice for someone who wants the option of some color. I had many questions and the quick response from these people is First Class. They walked me through any questions I had in a prompt and easy to understand way. I have since updated to the Lumix GX 1 and just beginning the tests. If you are thinking of having your camera converted to Infrared or buy one already converted, I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Kolari Vision to anyone who wants to explore the amazing world of Infrared!

    Brad Miller
  • I love my Kolari conversion, in fact I married her! Ok just kidding but really this company went beyond it means. Working on the weekend and easter sunday to deliver my 720nm conversion so I could take it on vacation with me.. The sensor was spotless and clean and focus to perfection. I have had instant response and aid from them in regards to post processing issues that I have encountered with certain lenses. I will consider them for all my conversions… did I mention they are also more affordable?

    Randall Der
  • I have bought two cameras from Kolari Vision and am MORE than satisfied with them.Am now venturing on buying a third camera – not the run of the mill Compact System Camera but a Samsung NX series and am POSITIVE the same professional results will be done. This is not the REAL BEAUTY of dealing with Kolari Vision – it is the truly PERSONAL service that Ilija extends to all customers. One of the main pains in IR photography is the TIME CONSUMING Post Processing in Photoshop or some other program and Ilija makes a breeze with his Photoshop Actions for different IR Filters and Tutorials – a real blessing in disguise. Hope this conveys the pleasure I have with Ilija and Kolari Vision.

    Colin Hall