Infrared - Lewes Beach
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09-03-13, 03:00 PM
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: St. Petersburg. FL.
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Just curious who you went to for your IR conversion, how much it cost, and how you're finding it? Did you consider what strength filter to use (680nm vs 720nm)? Any hotspot issues with lenses, or is that purely a long exposure issue that has gone away?
I'm looking to do the same with my D90 at some point in the near future, so would be useful to get some first hand feedback!
I went to 'Life Pixel' for the conversion. I looked around, first, and found them to be a great source of information. I even had emails going back and forth with them before I decided to get the conversion done. They are on the ball!
I just settled for the standard IR conversion. Their website will tell you all that you need to know. They had reduced their price from $400 to $250, and I'm well pleased with their work. They do recommend a certain lens for the conversion, which in the case of Nikon DLSRs is an 18 - 70 mm zoom because it has no hotspots. They calibrate the focusing for that lens as standard. I have tried my other lenses like my Sigma 18 - 250 mm zoom, and it has a very slight hotspot, although I didn't try the different focal lengths. Same thing with my 11 - 18 mm wide angle... just a very, very slight hotspot. They will custom calibrate for your lens if you prefer, but that's another $100.
Incidentally, I didn't have a Nikon 18 - 70 mm lens but I got one for $140 off eBay, and it's in excellent condition, like new. Otherwise you'd have to pay around $400 for a new one.
Here's their website:
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