I have always had a major soft spot for black and white infrared photos. So I've decided to get a digital SLR and have it converted by a company like Lifepixel for IR work. I've been reading alot about the differences between Cmos and CCD in regards to infrared capture. Only problem is almost everything I've been reading is in refference to using an IR filter in front of the lens... not having the internal filter removed.
My main question is will there be a noticable difference between say a Rebel Xti, which uses Cmos, and a D200 which uses ccd?
My main attraction to the rebel right now is that it is resonably priced with good results. This way I don't have to invest a ton in a system that I might grow tired of in the future. I also like it's ability to tweak image settings in camera rather than using software to adjust the tone curve as with the Nikon.
What I'm after is very contrasty black and white shots. But I plan to have the conversion done so that color IR is still an option. Image quality comes first though. Just looking for a little advice here.
In advance thanks for your time and keep up the great advice in the mag!
To be candid, although I do like B&W IR I have not done anything with a dSLR in this regard because the chips, both CCD and CMOS are configured for color output and converting from color to B&W is from my perspective too compromised, whether IR or conventional grayscale.
So, as long as good 35mm B&W near IR films are still available, I'll use my 35mm film SLR's for this purpose, as I do to shoot conventional B&W, although I do compromise on that using C-41 process chromogenic film because it scans very effectively.
Sorry I cannot be more helpful, but there are others who have more specific experience on this forum I am sure who can address your question more directly.
Well... I can definately respect that answer. Maybe I'll try the IR forum. Thanks again.
I suggest contacting Life Pixel and ask. They are the most knowledgeable about which camera and what to expect for results.
I've had two CoolPix 8400s converted to infrared and love the results. Here's a link to my infrared gallery.
Now that I own the D3, I'm contemplating either selling my D200 or having it converted for infrared. But since the CoolPix 8400s do such a great job, I'll probably sell it.