So I went through the owners manual. the field guide and one other book I bought on the D80. And though each talks about shooting in IR I can't seem to find out how to do this. Is there a setting? Can someone help me find it? Thanks guys
#2. "RE: IR setting?" | In response to Reply # 0Satirica Registered since 01st May 2007Tue 26-Jun-07 05:34 AM
The D80 is not a particularly good camera for shooting IR from what I have read. There is substantial IR protection built-in so exposure times are much longer than for, say, the D70.
You do need an IR filter. If you give IR photography please let us know how it goes and what results you get. My plan when I upgrade is to send the D80 off for conversion to a dedicated IR camera.
#3. "RE: IR setting?" | In response to Reply # 2Tokyo Mike Registered since 31st Aug 2006Tue 26-Jun-07 10:18 AM
I can tell you from personal experience that the D80 is a very poor performer compared to my D50. You can try it, but chances are that you will be disappointed by the results.
This is not a deficiency of the D80, though. It means that normal images (i.e., taken without an IR filter) are less affected by IR frequencies than the D50, which is a good thing.
#4. "RE: IR setting?" | In response to Reply # 0
Performance is probably comparable to the D200, you can see my experiment here. As mentioned, modern DSLRs block a lot of IR and UV light because it makes the rendering of visible spectrum colors much better. Now that the greenery is out I should try a few more shots.
#5. "RE: IR setting?" | In response to Reply # 4spiritualized67 Nikonian since 01st Mar 2007Tue 26-Jun-07 06:49 PM
I think I am just about ready to take the plunge and get my D80 camera converted to Deep BW IR by the folks at lifepixel (I plan on buying a new D80 body for my traditional shooting).
Most of the conversions I see are on D70s, but I like the idea of sticking with the same camera I am comfortable using (plus it has better resolution). I was thinking about the D40x, but I would not be able to use my 85mm f/1.4--so that idea is out the window.
So long as the IR blocking hot mirror filter is removed from my D80, I can't imagine that it would not be an amazing IR camera--especially for my b/w work. I have not seen a lot of conversations on this camera, but any negative comments about its IR capability are based on un-modded units. Also, the cost of the camera and the fact that you are limited to only IR once converted may detract some people from taking the plunge. But then again, I can only image how cool my images will look in IR (printed on Velvet Fine Art paper on my Epson R2400). I wish I had it when I was in Montana and Wyoming a few weeks ago.
#6. "RE: IR setting?" | In response to Reply # 5jdbower Registered since 12th Jan 2006Tue 26-Jun-07 06:57 PM
>So long as the IR blocking hot mirror filter is removed from
>my D80, I can't imagine that it would not be an amazing IR
>camera--especially for my b/w work.
It should work well when converted - the standard 10MP vs. 6MP noise issue is still valid, but there's something to be said for having the same body for both shooting. The main reason you don't see many converted D80s is because they're still new and most people don't want to spend so much on an IR-dedicated camera.
If you prefer, I like the idea of using a lens-mounted filter with a clear hotmirror. The downside is that you can't see what you're shooting so you need a tripod so you can add the filter once you've framed and focused but the upside is that you can fit different filters like various flavors of IR, UV, or even a visible spectrum filter for normal photography. Either way, I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun!
#7. "RE: IR setting?" | In response to Reply # 6spiritualized67 Nikonian since 01st Mar 2007Tue 26-Jun-07 08:36 PM
Funny Jeff I am way way too lazy for the lens-mounted idea. Having it in the camera makes it easy--and metering and focusing are no issues. While having the ability to shoot handheld IR will be a nice bonus, I love shooting on a tripod anyhow to get tack-sharp pictures. I like the lifepixel deep b/w filter, although color is cool too. When I see the b/w images, they almost have an Ansel Adams quality about them (surreal without being over the top like some of the color images). Although having the flexibility of changing out for different IR flavors would be nice.
I wanted to get the camera converted while the trees were still green. Well, I just ordered the camera body today from b&h, so the wheels are in motion. I'll be the official D80 forum IR guinea pig. I'll let you know how my experience with lifepixel goes and will post some D80 IR pix once I get a handle on things.
Should be a ton of fun. Hopefully I can talk my boss into letting me go back to Montana.