Hey that was pretty cool. Unfortunaly I have zero experience with color IR only B&W so it's somewhat difficult for me to evaluate other than he seems very happy with it. Anybody with a comparison to say ... HIE?
Thanks for asking the question. I've been "lurking" in Nikonians for several months, reading the forums and whatnot and was just about to raise my voice and ask the same thing. I dipped my toes in the digital world by buying an inexpensive - ok, expensive at the time, Coolpix 800 to see if shooting digital worked for me. The deciding factor in favor of the 800 was the lack of an IR blocking filter. BW and especially IR has always been a passion for me but with the hassle of film loading and processing...well, digital is a godsend. I'm eagerly anticipating completing the move to fully digital by buying a D100 and putting the F3's into storage but first:
Does anybody know, or know where I can find, the wavelength sensitivity of the CCD used in the D100?
What type of blocking filters, if any, are in the D100?
Thanks for all the stuff I've already learned from this forum and for any help anyone can give me on these questions.
>On the plus side it seems the D1 series are good cameras for >this type of photography so we can hope that the D100, with >similar internals, will perform equally well. >
unfortunately, i think it'll be the other way round.. Since in the past I've seen a decrease of IR sensitivity in each new model (compare the 800 vs 880 and later 885), my bet is that the D100 will be less sensitive to Ir than the D1. anyway, I prefer a range finder for IR work, so has anyone any experience with the cp5k and IR?
Coolpix 5000 has some IR sensitivity, but there is a troublesome "hot spot" in the IR images which likely is caused by internal reflection in the optics. IR image quality isn't great in optical terms either.
The camera engineers obviously try to reduce IR sensitivity of all new digital models, whether they are point & shoot or SLR models. Thus, among the D1-series, D1 has the best IR sensitivity (but with a potentially troublesome banding noise), while D100 is just passable (but with low noise). You are definitively on your own if you want to shoot IR with such cameras, and forget about using the Wratten 87 filter because the CCD isn't responding well enough with this strong filter, use 89B instead.
On the other hand, reduced IR sensitivity means that shooting in UV might be easier and indeed D1H is *the* best digital camera for UV work (in fact, I bought it just for digital UV photography).
I will update my website www.naturfotograf.com with a massive section on digital UV and IR photography in the near future, so stay tuned.