First shoot with Nikon 14-24 lens on Canon 5D Infra Red body

May 1, 2010 | Infrared, Location | 16 comments

I had my 5D converted to Infra Red by ACS cameras

I had my 5D converted to Infra Red capture by ACS cameras earlier this year and I bought an adapter to fit any Nikon lens to any Canon body. This gave me the opportunity to use the amazing Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens on my 5D IR.

The Adapter has a micro chip and the usual Canon electrical contacts that allow focus confirmation and normal non AF operation. The back focus is spot on and the zoom tracking is good too. The iris lever can be used to do stepless iris pulls when shooting video too;)

The woodland I headed to has been decimated but still I took a shot.

The woodland I headed to has been decimated since my last visit but still I took a shot. Bristol City Council are in the process of making a woodland trail for mountain bikes here, in association with Timberland whose logo and name is on the way markers. It'll be a great project when finished but looks a bit messy at the moment.

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So I went on to some ancient woodland nearby that I knew could not be harmed.

Flat light looks lifeless in infra red too.

Flat light looks lifeless in infra red too. I wish the sun had popped out for a while this afternoon. This shot at 100% is staggering. It shows the amazing capability of the Nikon glass at the 14mm setting.

A short walk through the woods brought me to Abbots Pool. Used in medieval times by the monks of the St Augustine monastry

A short walk through the woods brought me to Abbots Pool. Used in medieval times by the monks of the St Augustine monastery to farm fish. It's still a hard to find special place some 600 years on.

And here's my shot of the day. Taken with my 100mm

And here's my shot of the day. Taken with my Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS macro lens. This blue version is Julie's favourite.

I prefer this colour rendering. It would make a great canvas for our home.

I prefer this colour rendering. It would make a great canvas for a home.

I’ll be out again with my infra red kit this summer when the sun comes out. At least I know the lens adapter works fine so there will be no holding me back.

16 Comments

  1. Jewish Weddings Miami

    Never knew that the dark side lenses fits into a Canon body. Just amazing how you did the lens adapter.

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  2. martin

    Hi Adrian. The 20D won’t be better. It’ll just be cheaper.

    You’ll probably find yourself shooting a lot of wide angles in IR in which case the 5D will be a better bet.

    I had a 10D converted to IR. When that was stolen I had my 5D converted even though I have a 20D that could have been converted.

    As an aside for a few quid more the 30D is much nicer to use than the 20D due to the bigger screen.

    Martin

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  3. Adrian Wilson

    I have a 5 D also and I am thinking about having it converted to infrared as I have previously used the infamous Kodak HIR and the colour EIR, or would it be better to get a 20D off e-bay and get that converted instead, your help would much be appreciated.

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    • damien

      Hi Adrian,

      Martin has said it all. IR works best with full frame. My 5D IR is fabulous.

      Cheers, Damien.

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  4. Natalie Dunmore

    Hi, I am trying to find a stills camera that has had it’s UV filter removed to take some images showing the UV part of the spectrum. Do you have any camera like this? Is this even possible?
    I work for a TV company and we are planning to film a short piece about honey bee vision for the one show. Bees see in UV and i am trying to find a way of demonstrating this.
    Many Thanks
    Natalie
    T: 0117 933 5620

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  5. damien

    Thanks Steve,

    No loading the camera in the dark though with digital ;)

    Cheers, Damien.

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  6. Fergus Morley

    I ued my nikon converted IR last week too. Odd thing is that your IR action worked fine on CS2 but seems to give totally blue results on CS4. Any one else found this?

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    • damien

      Hi Fergus,

      I forgot I had an action online. Since I created a custom DNG profile for my 5D IR using this, I’ve not shot on jpeg. I’ve no idea why the action shouldn’t work with CS4 – strange.

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  7. Steve

    Takes me back to my college days and shooting on Infra Red film.

    Good stuff.

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  8. Heinz Schmidt

    Hi,

    That 14-24 is a nice piece of glass! Great images of the forest but where’s the model? ;-)

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    • damien

      Hi Heinz,

      I’ll be taking a model to that location very soon. It’s a magical place. I’ll probably use it for one of the locations on the Big Flash in the Country workshop on the 8th July.

      Regards, Damien.

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  9. Tobiah Tayo

    Great images! Love these shots. Would love to own an Infra-red body

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    • damien

      Hi Tobiah,

      An infra red camera body is great but perhaps not as great as your new tilt shift lens. Been playing and found a new location I see :) Keep up the good work.

      Cheers, Damien.

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  10. martin

    Funny enough my 5DIR had its first outing of the season yesterday. Pre-wedding shoot with a fab couple, just knew they would love IR shots. And yes they put one in their album.

    Word to the wise though: IR cameras see straight through sunglass lenses – look like the subject is wearing empty frames. Don’t ask me how I found that out ;)

    Martin

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    • damien

      Hi Martin,

      I noticed you’ve kept your head down lately, I’m hoping business is great and your wedding season is well under way. Good point about sunglasses and IR, I’ve come across that too. Great news about couples buying albums from Pre-wed shoots :)

      Cheers, Damien.

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