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  • Infra red converted camera body for hire?

    As a result of the discussion here:

    http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=13694

    ..I'm seriously considering the idea of offering an IR converted body to the site's Olympus gear hire stock.

    It will probably be a Pen E-PL1 to start with as this could be used by both Four Thirds lens users (with an adapter) and Micro Four Thirds lens users. But if the service is popular enough I may well source an IR-converted E-System DSLR body as well.

    Can I just take a straw poll to see if anyone here would be interested in hiring such a camera body?

    Incidentally, we do have continental hire customers, but there is an extra cost to the shipping. Nobody has hired from the USA yet, probably because of the high shipping costs.

    So what do you think?!

    Ian
    Last edited by Ian; 20th April 2012, 12:00 PM.
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    Re: Infra red converted camera body for hire?

    As someone who's done IR work in the past, i think it's a great idea.

    I wish I could find someone/somewhere who'd be willing to convert MY EPL-1 on a tight budget.

    I used to have a converted E420 but that had to go to replenish my empty coffers. I miss it
    Ceri Vale
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    • #3
      Re: Infra red converted camera body for hire?

      I would be interested although it is about 50 years since I did any IR. At least there will be no need to keep the loaded camera in the fridge. What about IR flash? I still remember the smell of flash bulbs dipped in gelatine dye to give IR flash.
      Dennis

      E-30; 9-18; 14-54 MkII; 40-150; 70-300; FL36R

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      • #4
        Re: Infra red converted camera body for hire?

        Originally posted by menace1944 View Post
        I would be interested although it is about 50 years since I did any IR. At least there will be no need to keep the loaded camera in the fridge. What about IR flash? I still remember the smell of flash bulbs dipped in gelatine dye to give IR flash.
        IR flash - would this be popular? Most examples of IR photography are landscapes.

        Ian
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        • #5
          Re: Infra red converted camera body for hire?

          You can do it, for a still life for example. Flash seems to be very similar to sunlight. Not saying you should do it
          AlistairJ

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          • #6
            Re: Infra red converted camera body for hire?

            I can't think of any real use now but in distant past (~1963) I tried IR film with coated flash bulbs for night wildlife shots. If one was lucky there was not enough visible light to scare the subject away. Now one would just use very high ISO or an image intensifier.
            Dennis

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            • #7
              Re: Infra red converted camera body for hire?

              Ian,
              There's a sale on eBay from the US of an IR E-1 which details the company that does the conversion if that's any use to you.
              http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Olympus-EVOLT-...item3f08942fd0
              Jamie

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              • #8
                Re: Infra red converted camera body for hire?

                Originally posted by jamie allan View Post
                Ian,
                There's a sale on eBay from the US of an IR E-1 which details the company that does the conversion if that's any use to you.
                http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Olympus-EVOLT-...item3f08942fd0
                Shirley
                www.shirleyhollisenterprises.co.uk
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                • #9
                  John

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                    Re: Infra red converted camera body for hire?

                    I managed to knock him down from $525 to $450, so definitely worth an offer. Of course I have no idea what I will have to pay in tax but I still think its a good deal.

                    If you get the E1 we could have an e system IR day out
                    Shirley
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                    • #11
                      Re: Infra red converted camera body for hire?

                      In principle it looks like we will be going ahead with getting an E-PL1 converted to IR. It will probably take a couple of weeks or so. I'll let you know when the camera is converted and back with us.

                      Ian
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                      • #12
                        Re: Infra red converted camera body for hire?

                        A quick update; we've received an ex-demo E-PL1 body from Olympus and will be sending it off for IR conversion shortly

                        Ian
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                        • #13
                          Re: Infra red converted camera body for hire?

                          Originally posted by Ian View Post
                          A quick update; we've received an ex-demo E-PL1 body from Olympus and will be sending it off for IR conversion shortly

                          Ian
                          Great news, Ian.
                          John

                          "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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                          • #14
                            Re: Infra red converted camera body for hire?

                            Originally posted by Zuiko View Post
                            Great news, Ian.
                            Thanks John. It will be converted to 720nm which will enable false colour IR photography as well as post-processing to the more common luminous mono type of results.

                            The should be back with us in about two weeks and we'll spend a week or so testing it. If anybody is interested in hiring the converted IR Pen from around the end of the month onwards, please get in touch to reserve dates.

                            I've not yet sorted prices, but there's no obligation if you just reserve days at this stage.

                            Ian
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                            • #15
                              Re: Infra red converted camera body for hire?

                              The work to convert our E-PL1 to infra red has been completed and we will get the camera back next Tuesday! Can't wait to try it out

                              Ian
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