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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

  • 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 have been doing Digital Infrared for about 10 years with a Minolta DiMage 7 which was designed without a Infrared cutoff filter in front of the sensor. Using a IR filter in front of the lens I could do I.R. with the camera on a tripod. Exposure was such that I could not hand hold the camera. Have been looking for a company that could modify a point and shoot at a reasonable price and found it in KolariVision. Not only did they do it very well but delivered it in less than a week. ”

    Max Tiller
  • I can't express enough how grateful I am for the communication and service I received from Kolarivision. I was having trouble with an infrared camera,not being able to use channel swap and achieve the correct picture.After a week or so of emails and sending my pictures to kolarivision it was determined I didn't have the correct filter installed.I shipped the camera to them on Wednesday and had it corrected and back by the following Wednesday.I would highly recommend them to ANYBODY! I am very pleased.Now I can enjoy my camera!

    Joann Newman
  • When my Panasonic Lumix FZ30 bridge camera arrived at Kolari Vision, it was converted and sent back the same day. Great service? And an excellent conversion. The FZ30 handles white balance quite well, and the results so far are truly “WOW’ ! I am pleased with the conversion and would recommend Kolari Vision to anyone contemplating IR photography.

    Gabe Miller
  • Stumbled across Kolari while trying to learn about IR photography & I'm glad I did. Ilija did a 590nm conversion on my Canon S90 & it's excellent. After the first week of testing, I haven't yet managed to create the promised hotspots with this cam, though Ilija assures me I'll eventually figure out how to combine the right set of conditions! He is a pleasure to work with, the service is excellent, great communications, prompt responses & delivery. And I couldn't tell my camera had been opened. I will be sending my next camera to Kolari Vison for conversion & I was almost reluctant to write such a good (& honest) review in case he's too overworked to do my next job!!!

    Paul