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Posted: 8/12/2007 1:21:18 PM EDT
I tried this today. It took all of 10 minutes to throw together. I did a quick and dirty version since I wasn't sure how pronounced the effect would be, and I wanted to test it first.

The effect was amazing, especially considering the materials used.

Link to video

Basically the effect is obtained by placing two layers of developed film leader over the lens of your digital camera. You can snip off the dark ends of some old negatives you have lying around. Then it's up to you to decide how you mount it. It's that simple.

Here's mine taken with a 7.1MP Canon SD550 Elph.

Anyone else tried this? Post them if you have.
Link Posted: 8/12/2007 1:23:35 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/12/2007 7:21:20 PM EDT

The effect gets even better if you have a digital camera with a discrete IR filter, as opposed to a lens coating.

If you pull the discrete IR filter, the camera's IR sensitivity goes way, way up.
Link Posted: 8/12/2007 7:29:56 PM EDT

My Canon S3IS can see the IRLED in my TV remote. Now, I just need some developed film.
Link Posted: 8/13/2007 6:04:32 AM EDT
Looks like this could be a way to make a poor man's NVG.
Link Posted: 8/13/2007 6:26:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/13/2007 7:03:25 PM EDT by Tromatic]

Originally Posted By crurifragium:
Looks like this could be a way to make a poor man's NVG.

Not with a digital camera. You are not seeing "heat".

ETA: The EOS has an IR filter. I really need to play with the ancient Fuji more!

Fuji FinePix 3800(?) with a "real" IR filter, hand-held.
Link Posted: 8/13/2007 6:44:27 PM EDT
A roommate of mine had a cheap Walgreens disposable video camera he hacked to be reusable, and then colored the lens with black permanent marker. Using this he was able to image near-IR video. Pretty cool. Neatest effect was turning on an electric range on the lowest setting and turning all the lights off. The heat wasn't high enough to emit visible light, but using the camera we could see in the dark, and even could read a cook book across the room using scattered IR.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 12:51:09 PM EDT
Sorry I killed the thread.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 12:56:13 PM EDT
gonna have to give ths a try myself
thanks for sharing
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