The Pond. A Infrared Landscape taken with the Olympus PEN E-PL1 and Sigma 19mm F/2.8 DN Lens

Shot with Olympus PEN E-PL1 with the Sigma 19mm F/2.8 DN Lens. Aperture Priority, F/8, 1/160, ISO 200

Here’s a photo I shot today with the full spectrum converted PEN E-PL1 and the Sigma 19mm F/2.8 DN Lens.

Why Full Spectrum?

I am really happy with the result and glad that I went with the full spectrum instead of a converted camera with a 720nm or 850nm filter. For me the huge advantage of a full spectrum is that, I get to choose which filter I want to use in my shots depending on my mood or maybe the current shooting situation and also I can use it for astro photography which is why most people go with full spectrum conversion when they decide to have their camera converted. Why I went with the Mirrorless Olympus Pen and with a DSLR, like the Canon EOS cameras?

I bought the converted camera from eBay, I was set to have my current Pen E-PL1 converted by LifePixel.Com, but when I saw that the price has increased from $249 to $275, I had second thoughts. Fortunately I found a refurbished PEN E-PL1 converted to Full Spectrum for a cheaper price of only $205, so I went ahead and bought it.

Regarding the Mirrorless vs DSLR. A year ago  I was about to send my Canon 40d to LifePixel.Com for conversion until I read that mirrorless cameras like the Panasonic G Series and Pen E-P series are great IR cameras when converted because unlike DSLRs they don’t need to be calibrated to a specific lens. http://www.lifepixel.com/quick-start-guide, scroll down to the Hybrid Camera Calibration section. And of course I choosed the Olympus PEN E-PL1 because it’s a bargain compare to converted newer models and I have existing lens for micro four thirds. There are converted Sony NEX but they are more expensive and I don’t have lenses for it. The PEN E-PL1 MFT system is the best choice for me.

I bought two generic 58mm Infrared filters, the 58mm Infrared 720 IR720 filter and the 58mm 850nm Infrared Filter , I was planning on getting the b+w or the hoya brand IR Filters, but I wasn’t sure if it’s worth it, so I went the cheaper brands which I think works fine .  I have done basic IR photography in the past using point and shoot sony camera’s and the images I’m getting now with the PEN E-PL1 and this cheap filters are better than before, so for me this will do for now. For the test that I have done I used the  58mm Infrared 720 IR720 filter, the 850nm has yet to be delivered (accdg to its tracking status, it’s been delayed due to Mis Shipped, which is common with USPS nowadays).

I have written some articles about basic Infrared Photography using Sony Point and Shoot Camera, if you are interested you can read them here.

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