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Infrared filters from Harrison and Harrison
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Read our article on shooting Digital Infrared
in the February 2002 Shutterbug Magazine

Visit our Digital Infrared Web Site to see more pictures like these

Check out our new Sony DSC-F707 Infrared Gallery

January 19th
The top three images were taken in Florida with the 46mm 88A filter I just received from Will Harrison. There is still a hot spot. I'm thinking that it might be reflections from the internal elements of the lens. Maybe the paint that is used to coat the lens barrel. I've been able to minimize the effects by shooting subject matter that has lighter areas in the center and also by working from a slightly underexposed image. It's strange that the third picture down clearly shows the effect more than the first two. Interesting to note is that I shot a picture of the blue sky which shows as black, and it shows almost no sign of the hot spot until I run auto levels where it becomes very pronounced.

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The camera was set at. ISO 100, I bracketed the shutter speeds at 1/2, 1 and 2 second exposures at 2.8 at full 28mm wide angle. For all three pictures I think I used the 1/2 second setting.

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Straight from the camera

Auto Levels
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The pictures below were taken with a 72mm 88A

Digital Infrared with the CoolPix 5000
January 2nd
Hard to tell how much infrared sensitivity the CoolPix 5000 has because of the time of year these pictures were taken. That's snow on the ground in the top picture. I'll be traveling to Florida in mid January and will be able to do some more testing. But since the 88A cuts off all visible light it's safe to say that the CoolPix 5000 does have infrared sensitivity. In the bottom picture you can see where the 88A turned the blue sky black. All were taken with the camera set on auto focus. The top two were taken on manual exposure at approximately 1 second at F2.8 and the bottom was taken on auto exposure.
One more issue. In shooting with the 72mm filter there appears to be a centered bright hazy circle. This example picture is the actual reduced file that has been enhanced in Photoshop with Auto Levels to make the circle more prominent. The circle is larger when the lens is zoomed to the widest setting and smaller when zoomed to telephoto. It's possible that the 88A filter is acting like a mirror and the lens is seeing itself. It's too bad Nikon didn't provide a way to screw the filter directly to the lens for a more accurate test. I'll be ordering a 46mm filter to test it without the three step up rings so see if there's a difference when the filter is closer to the lens. You can also see examples in the sample infrared pictures in this page if you look closely.

Digital Infrared with the CoolPix 5000

The 72mm was originally for the WC-E63 and TC-E3 wide angle and telephoto lenses for the CoolPix 950/990/995. I've now confirmed that the 46mm filter also causes the circular hot spot.

72mm Infrared filter on the CoolPix 5000

The 72mm 88A filter was adapted to the CoolPix 5000 through a series of adapter rings.
See our resource page on CoolPix 5000 filter adapters

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