How To Do It On The Cheap!
I know, this was supposed to be a post on the GH2 tests but I have been getting a lot of email and comments about the assumed high cost of getting into Infrared Photography! This insane notion needed to be stopped before it got any further!
If you have an extra camera system laying around you can reasonably expect to send it off for conversion for $200-$300. Yes that is a lot of money but the expansion of your artistic mind set that Infrared will give you will be worth it. But there is a cheaper way!
EBay is a great place to find used digital camera systems already converted to Infrared! I have purchased several of these used IR camera systems in the past year for next to nothing and have NEVER had a problem with a single one that came from EBay!
So far I have purchased from Ebay:
- Canon G10 at 720nm for $350 (G10’s are in high demand)
- Canon G9 at 665nm for $300
- Canon 10D at 850nm for $250
- Olympus E-P1 at 720nm for $300
- Canon 20D at 590nm that I picked up for $300.00!
Why you ask did I purchase all of these system? Well I TEACH Infrared Workshops and as part of that I have loaner cameras so that my students can try different camera systems before they decide on what type of camera and what conversion they like the best! But the real point that I am trying to make here is that YOU DO NOT have to spend a lot of money and that EBay is your friend!
Point and Shoot cameras are very inexpensive and are light and easy to carry. This means that you will always have a IR system on hand. Mirror-less SLR IR systems like the GH2 and OLY Pen systems give your the advantage of interchangeable lenses and are small and light. DSLR IR systems have the advantage of being able to share lenses and accessories! If you shoot Nikon, do not be afraid to buy a used Canon camera and a cheap lens and vice-versa!
Go back through this blog and read the posts on the 14 IR camera systems that I have tested! You will notice that I tend towards smaller lighter and cheaper cameras! There is a whole world out there full of people with IR systems that are upgrading to something newer and cooler (in their eyes!) who would jump at the chance to sell the old ones for funds to add to their new ones.
Beware of buying from friends in camera clubs as they are looking to recover ALL of the money they spent both for the camera as well as the conversion! As I said EBay is your friend!