Digital Infrared Filter Comparison Photos

This page is designed to help you decide which filter you’d like to be installed in your camera. We recommend you also watch the video which explains the various filter differences and how to manipulate the images in Photoshop. Then download and play with the RAW files or at least open the jpegs in Photoshop and try things out. This should help you decide which filter to have us install.

Watch this video – It should help you decide which IR filter to choose for your infrared conversion.

With our digital infrared camera conversion service you have the choice of 5 IR filters. Along with a UV-Vis-IR full spectrum filter, H-alpha Astro filter & UV ultraviolet filter.

The images below were shot with converted Canon DRebel T3i (600D) cameras to show the differences of each filter. The custom white balance was set on the overall scene for standardization purposes. The original RAW and JPEG files are also provided. Please keep in mind that Photoshop & Lightroom may not interpret the white balance properly – you may need to open these RAW files in Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP).

For further information on our infrared filters and how they perform in different cameras please visit the FAQ page, for even more info please read IR Primer Chapter 4.


Our Filter Options:

Each horizontal row of images is from a different filter. Refer to the Row/Column text for a description.
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Normal Camera

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Normal Camera

(Unmodified camera, like it comes from the manufacturer.)

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Deep BW IR Filter

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Deep BW IR

(equivalent to 830nm Filter)
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Since the image is captured as BW infrared straight out of the camera there is no need to manipulate in photoshop unless you want to fine tune the BW look. This is our strongest IR filter producing the darkest sky and whitest foliage.

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Standard Color IR Filter

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Standard Color IR Filter

(equivalent to Hoya R72 Filter/ Kodak Wratten 89b Filter/ 720nm Filter)
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A great all around infrared filter choice. Color infrared is possible although not as saturated as our Enhanced infrared filter and only the blue sky effect is possible. Black & white IR photography looks great with good tonal range.

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Enhanced Color IR Filter

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Enhanced Color IR Filter

(equivalent to 665nm Filter)
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Allows more color to pass and is especially suited for color IR photography with great saturation and color range. BW also looks quite good although with a bit less contrast without adjustments.

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Super Color IR Filter

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Super Color IR Filter

(equivalent to 590nm Filter)
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Provides for a super vibrant foliage and intensely colorful sky. With the red & blue channels swapped the foliage takes on a golden orange tone and sky a beautiful royal blue. The most surrealistic, color infrared filter available. You may be surprised to know this IR filter is also great for black & white IR photography, especially if you want full control of all the elements and love tinkering in Photoshop. This video explains this in more detail:

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Super Blue IR Filter

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Super Blue IR Filter

(equivalent to: N/A)
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This is our 1st patent pending color infrared filter that allows you to capture color IR images with the blue sky straight out of camera without the need for Photoshop channel swaps. Its very unique as it behaves completely differently than all other infrared filters because it actually has 2 distinct pass bands. The super blue filter passes blue light as well as infrared light thus allowing for super saturated blue skies straight in camera!

 

Another great side benefit is it’s transmission of ultraviolet light making it possible to also to photograph UV light with a proper external UV only filter to block the rest of the spectrum. One can also use an external filter to block the blue wavelengths and photograph infrared light, similar to our Standard IR filter.

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Full Spectrum Clear Filter

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Full Spectrum Clear Filter

(equivalent to: N/A)
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The advantage of a clear full spectrum conversion is the ability to change filters in front of the lens. You can shoot UV, visible, IR and everything in between depending on the filter you use. So you can achieve all of the above images and more, with appropriate filters.

 

The disadvantage is also the fact that you have to use filters in front of the lens and since IR filters are opaque black the viewfinder will be blocked making it harder to compose, meter and focus.

 

This conversion is mainly used in special applications photography like forensics, astronomy, medical, etc.

 


Some more comparison sample images shot with our Standard Color IR Filter

These images were shot with a Nikon D70 converted to the Standard IR filter.

Regular visible light image

Regular visible light image

B & W digital infrared image

B & W digital infrared image

Color digital infrared image

Color digital infrared image

Regular visible light image

Regular visible light image

B & W digital infrared image

B & W digital infrared image

Color digital infrared image

Color digital infrared image

Regular visible light image

Regular visible light image

B & W digital infrared image

B & W digital infrared image

Color digital infrared image

Color digital infrared image

Regular visible light image

Regular visible light image

B & W digital infrared image

B & W digital infrared image

Color digital infrared image

Color digital infrared image

 


Now that you are familiar with the available filters lets proceed to the next section: NEXT – Focus Calibration Options