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How "Full Spectrum" Works:
Full Spectrum - A Full spectrum camera conversion refers to the replacement of the internal Low Pass Filter (UV and IR Blocking Filter) in the camera with a clear filter, allowing the camera to capture the entire light spectrum (EM Spectrum).This will allow the camera's imaging sensor to capture Ultra Violet, Infrared and Visible light. All you need to do is limit what the camera "sees" by placing the filter of your choosing on the lens. There are a wide range of on-lens filters available for Infrared Photography and Visible photography on our website (On-Lens IR Filters - UV/IR Blocking Filters).
UV/IR Hot-Mirror Filter - Don't let the idea of converting your camera to Full Spectrum scare you. You will still be able to shoot "normal" (Visible) images and your camera will be fully functional. All you need to do is use a UV/IR Hot-Mirror filter on your lens and everything will work just as before the conversion. Even the camera's automatic white balance functions will work fine. We have converted many cameras to Full Spectrum for professional wedding photographers, landscape photographers, macro photographers, portrait photographers and many others. These individuals use their full spectrum converted camera for a broad range of uses indluding normal imaging, infrared imaging, forensic investigations, archeological research, astrophotography and many otehr uses all with one camera. They simply change their on-lens filter for each desired purpose. Example: One customer uses his Canon 60D full spectrum converted camera for archeological purposes while in the field and uses it for wedding photography as a secondary source of income. There is no need to carry multiple cameras for many different uses. He simply installs a UV/IR Hot-Mirror filter for normal wedding photography or an Infrared filter of his choice to perform comparison images of petroglyphs and pictographs in Visible light and Infrared light.
On-Lens IR (Infrared) Filters and UV/IR Hot-Mirror Filters:
On-Lens IR Filters and UV/IR Hot-MIrror Filters: We now offer on-lens IR filters that will enable you to have the best of more than 6 different conversion types all in one camera. All you need is a Full Spectrum converted camera and the IR filter(s) of your choice and you will have the "best of all worlds". We offer on-lens filter kits that will give you the full range of IR filters and UV/IR hot-mirror blocking filters for your needs. We also provide our popular "Ultra-Blue" filter as an -on-lens filter which will broaden your IR shooting options. Having a camera with "Liveview" or one that uses an Electronic Viewfinder is optimal. Simply attach the filter fo your choice to the lens, set a custom white balance, and you will have great results straight from the camera. (Our UV/IR Hot-Mirror filters do not require use of a custom white balance).
We currently offer Infrared Conversion services for more than 400 different models of cameras, including all current Canon, Nikon, Minolta, Pentax, Sony, Olympus and Fuji SLR models. Also, we recently added Hasselblad, Leica and Ricoh cameras to our conversion list. Example images using these filters are included in the gallery at the top of this page. Also, below are example images for the most popular IR filter options. Only the highest image quality polished glass and quartz material is used in our conversions unlike some of our competitors that use plastic filters. Plastic filters will result in distortion and soft focus in the final images. The three most popular filter options are:
Standard (720nm) Filter: Our Standard Color IR filter (720nm - R72) which allows the camera to capture all Infrared Light and a small amount of visible or color light. This filter will produce great Black & White images simply by desaturating the image in Photoshop.
Amplified Color IR (665nm) Filter: Our Amplified Color IR Filter (665nm) which allows all Infrared Light and more visible or color light than the Standard filter to be captured by the camera. This filter will procude good Black & White IR images simply by desaturating the image in Photoshop. Some additional adjustments may be needed to acheive the best Black & White results.
Extreme Color IR (590nm) Filter: Our Extreme Color IR (590nm) filter allows a very large amount of color as well as all of the IR spectrum to be captured by the camera. Example images using this filters are included in the gallery at the top of this page. This filter will procude good Black & White IR images simply by desaturating the image in Photoshop. Some additional adjustments may be needed to acheive the best Black & White results.
Black & White IR (830nm) Filter: our Black and White (830nm - 87C) filter which allows only Infrared Light to reach the imaging sensor of the camera, creating deep, rich, black and white images with little to no post adjustments. For the purist IR shooter this is the filter of choice.
Full Spectrum (Clear) Filter: Our Full Spectrum (Clear) Filter option is great for photographers that want to shoot IR using on lens filters and normal visible photography simply by using our UV/IR Cutoff filters on their lenses, all with the same camera. This filter option will allow the camer ato capture UV, IR and Visible light, giving the photography a lot of options. Especially for "live view" cameras this is a good option that allows for great flexibility. Shooting hand held IR images by using on lens IR filters and normal photography all with the same camera. Also, the full spectrum conversion will allow the entire EM spectrum to be captured for Astrophotography. (More about astrophotography is listed on our Astrophotography page.)
Custom filter options: We also offer special order filter options such as 515nm, 530nm, 550nm, 570nm, 630nm, 695nm, 780nm, 850nm and 900nm filter options. We can also special order most any filter variation that you may need. Some of our customers have ordered special filters covering narrow or wide areas of the spectrum for specialty photography, including Astrophotography, Solar photography, Agricultural photography and others. Also, we are constantly testing conversions on camera models that are not listed on this site. Pricing for most filter options, including installation service, are listed within each specific camera model listing in the IR Conversions section. Please email at email@example.com for custom filter option pricing.
If you are interested in having a camera model converted that is not listed on this site please contact us as we may be able to accommodate your needs. (Yes, we do accept international orders. Shipping charges for international orders will be automatically calculated at the time of checkout. Standard shipping is via US Postal Service priority mail. For other shipping options please contact us for a quote.)
**** Canon & Nikon SLR users: The Dust Reduction System of some camera models will be removed during the conversion process. Please be sure to disable this function within the settings of your camera. Failure to do so may result in a temporary camera error. If your camera displays a Dust Reduction System error you can still disable the function within the camera menu. ****
Low Pass Filter Replacement Service:
Scratched or damaged imaging sensor? Almost all digital cameras have a "Low Pass Filter" installed in front of the imaging sensor (The primary imaging sensor of a digital is the image capturing devise that "sees" or "captures" the image). The "LP" filter has more than one purpose. First, it blocks unwanted UV and IR light from reaching the imaging sensor, allowing the camera to render normal images of what the human eye can see. Secondly, the LP filter protects the imaging sensor from damage due to foreign material contamination or improper cleaning methods of the end user. If your imaging sensor has been scratched or damaged you will notice imperfections on the resulting images that cannot be cleaned or removed. Removing these imperfections during post processing (using Photoshop, Aperture, etc...) can be very annoying especially when editing large numbers of images. Spencer's Camera & Photo can replace the original LP filter, with an OEM manufacturer provided LP filter, returning the image quality of your camera back to perfect working order. Most camera manufacturers do not provide the LP filters separately from the imaging sensor, making a normal repair very expensive. For example, the primary imaging sensor (including the Low Pass Filter) for the Nikon D3s, purchased from Nikon is priced at $1,678.00 for the sensor alone. We carry the original OEM filter and will install it for much less, $500.00 including installation and calibration services. This is a savings of more than $1178.00 when you include the addition of installation charges from the manufacturer to install the new sensor. To start the Low Pass Filter replacement process or for more information please visit our LP Filter Replacement page.
More Infrared Time-lapse videos at our Portfolio page: Spencer's Camera - Infrared Timelapse Portfolio.