Infrared photos with Fuji X100

One more post with infrared images, but this time with the Fuji X100. Altough I am almost exclusively shooting IR with the Leica M8, two of my favorite infrared photos were taken in the past with the X100, so I thought i should try to make some IR photos with this camera.

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The X100 can do great blakc and white IR images, with the limitation of course of slow shutter speed. The image above was shot during a sunny using f/5.6 aperture and base ISO. Shutter speed was 3.5 seconds. With the M8 in same lighting conditions, I would get a speed of 1/15 to 1/30, so I don’t need a tripod, and also I could catch some movement (if there was any). Now, with the X100 I can used higher ISO settings and decrease shutter speed, but I try to keep my it shots at base ISO for optimum quality.

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False floor infrared is something I prefer to to with the M8, since it had much greater sensitivity to IR light, so with the Fuji I will either convert to black and white or use a monochrome conversion like the one above.

What I have noticed, is that IR images from the Fuji are more clean than the a Leica. The CCD sensor of the M8 gives a more grainy image with infrared, even at base ISO. I like this look as it resembles film grain (kinda), but others will prefer the crystal clear look of the Fuji.

I will sure shoot more IR photos with the Fuji at the future, but for serious IR work, I will stick with the M8. For someone who wants to shoot IR seriously, I would of course suggest a properly converted IR camera over a used M8 (unless they want a rangefinder camera, in this situation a Leica
M8 can cover both needs for normal and IR photography, with the limitation of bad high ISO performance).

Enjoy the rest of the images.

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