Please note: we carry two types of IR modified D700s. This is the 715 nm conversion.
We have had this D700 modified for IR photography by MaxMax. They removed the low-pass filter, and replaced it with an internal 715nm infrared filter. Instead of capturing three different colors of visible light, the camera now sees three different wavelengths in the near-infrared spectrum.
Unlike IR filters, you can use an IR-modified camera just as you would a normal SLR: autofocus works, live view works, and in-camera metering works. Exposure times are as short as you would have shooting the camera normally—often even a little shorter, since current sensor designs seem to be more sensitive to IR light.
For those of you who are not familiar with IR photography, the look is very different: you’ll want to read up on shooting in IR and the post-processing required for the images.
Please note, the modification disables the automatic sensor cleaning function so the camera may report to an error when powering up if you set it to clean the sensor when starting up. Ignore this, it will work just fine.
What’s the difference between 715nm and 830nm conversions
Truth is not a whole lot. The 715 conversion lets in red visible light, the 830nm conversion doesn’t so there are some noticeable differences:
- Exposure time on an 830nm conversion will be longer, 2 to 3 times longer than the 715 conversion (both cameras autoexpose accurately, though). This can be the difference between ‘need a tripod’ and ’don’t need a tripod’.
- The 830nm conversion uses all three channels (R, G, B) fairly equally, while the 715nm uses mostly the red channel. In theory this should make the 830 images a bit sharper. In practice, maybe, maybe not.
- The 830nm conversion has a “more IR” look: skies are darker, clouds whiter.
- You can get images with a 730nm in artificial light, but indoors (especially with fluorescent light) there’s not enough IR floating around to really get a picture.
Truth is, unless you are waaayyyyy into this, it doesn’t make a lot of difference — unless for some weird reason you’re shooting IR under fluorescent light, then avoid the 830nm. I can’t imagine why anyone would do that, but I know for certain if I don’t mention it somebody will.
You can find more information and a few thumbnails comparing shots from the two versions HERE
- The spare battery for this camera is the EN-EL3a
- The battery grip is the Nikon MB-10 Battery Grip
- It uses any CF memory card
Please note that all lenses are capable of creating IR “hotspots” especially when shot at narrow aperture. Some lenses are more likely to create hotspots, and others more likely to backfocus in infrared. In general, older lens designs do better, newer designs and lenses with a lot of elements do worse.
Nikon 17-35 f/2.8
Nikon 28-70 f/2.8
Nikon 85mm f1.8
Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR (may backfocus slightly)
Nikon 200 f/2.0 VR
All Zeiss ZF and ZF.2 lenses
Lenses to avoid
Nikon 24mm f/2
Nikon 50mm f/1.4, f/1.8
Nikon 85 f/1.4 (backfocus)
Nikon 105 VR Micro (backfocus)
Nikon 70-300 VR
Nikon 24-70 f2.8
We don’t have enough information to recommend or not recommend any other lenses.
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