Infrared images with the Nikon D800E

My interest in infrared photography is well known to the readers of this blog. So, it was just a matter of time before I test the Nikon D800E with an IR filter. I chose the Hoya R72 filter (since its 67mm and it can fit my Nikon primes with a step up ring), put the camera on the tripod (I knew I would certainly shoot on a tripod since I was expecting long exposures) and shot same frames.


(Nikon D800E, Nikon 24mm f/2.8, Hoya R72 filter, 30 seconds exposure at f/2.8, ISO 100, converted to b&w)

As you can see, even at broad daylight, the D800E will need long exposures in order to produce an IR image. Even when pushing ISO to 800, a 4 seconds exposure at f/2.8, was necessary). Since, I accidentally erased the ISO 800 files, I will have to run one more test at high ISOs up to 6400, to see until which ISO I can get an acceptable image quality (its raining today and the weather forecast for a couple more days is not good, so I’ll do my tests when I get good weather).


(Nikon D800E, Nikon 24mm f/2.8, Hoya R72 filter, 30 seconds exposure at f/2.8, ISO 100, converted to false color)

As you can see from both versions of the image, the IR effect is not close to what the Leica M8 can produce, due of course to the strong IR filter in the D800E sensor. The sky in the false color version is not as blue as get from the M8 and some of the foliage have not really turned to “infrared white”. So, from these first images, I doubt that I could use the D800E for serious IR photography. I will post some new IR images (both at low and high ISO) when I get the chance.

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