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Old 14th May 2013
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Infrared conversion advice

I decided to throw my old E510 into the deep end and convert it to full infrared (hotfilter replaced with IR72).
I checked online and found this firm through eBay:

www.funkyelectronics.com

Sam from the firm quoted me 120 - 140 (depending on how hard he finds the E510, because Sam's never done an E-system camera before). From my research online, this sounds like a fantastic price.

Has anyone else here used Sam's IR conversion service for any other camera before?
How does the price sound?
Can anyone else recommend any other shop which can provide IR conversion?

Thanks in advance...
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Re: Infrared conversion advice

That was about half the price we paid for our hire E-PL1 to be converted. But the company we used had experience converting the E-PL1 and the job was done perfectly. I think a Pen is a better bet to be converted because there will be no focus inaccuracies compared with a DSLR...

Please get in touch if you would like to hire our IR E-PL1

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Re: Infrared conversion advice

Hi there Rutwij!

I recently converted my E-420 to full spectrum, which is a similar job. I used a special type of Quartz glass which was 60 on it's own, so the price quoted is in my opinion very good. The E-510 will be slightly more difficult to work on than my E-420 due to the IS mechanism which the Sensor sits on, but it is certainly possible as there is a company in the USA which occasionally lists them on Ebay.

Are the firm who are doing your conversion also going to fit an IR filter to the autofocus sensor, or do you plan to use contrast autofocus using LiveView?

Please let us know how you get on (and post some pictures!)

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Hi there Rutwij!

I recently converted my E-420 to full spectrum, which is a similar job. I used a special type of Quartz glass which was 60 on it's own, so the price quoted is in my opinion very good. The E-510 will be slightly more difficult to work on than my E-420 due to the IS mechanism which the Sensor sits on, but it is certainly possible as there is a company in the USA which occasionally lists them on Ebay.

Are the firm who are doing your conversion also going to fit an IR filter to the autofocus sensor, or do you plan to use contrast autofocus using LiveView?

Please let us know how you get on (and post some pictures!)

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The AF sensor reference here is quite important as IR doesn't focus to the same distances as visible light.

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Re: Infrared conversion advice

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Hi there Rutwij!

I recently converted my E-420 to full spectrum, which is a similar job.
Hi Ralph, do you have any reference info for this job? I have an old E-400 that is probably not worth much resale-wise, but would be good for conversion, I suppose....

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Re: Infrared conversion advice

Thanks guys! Your inputs are most appreciated
I will definitely check with the guy if he's going to include AF calibration in the service.
I remember reading that the AF calibration is lens-dependent and many conversion service providers will offer to calibrate one lens for AF. Is that true?
I was planning to use the OVF for focusing... or could use live view too I guess.

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Re: Infrared conversion advice

Don't know if it is of interest, but there are at least 4 Infrared converted Olys on E-Bay at the moment.
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Re: Infrared conversion advice

Hi there everyone!

Rutwij - I had a quick look at the link you posted for the company doing the conversion - they said they were going to do the calibration for the autofocus using the metal shims which hold the sensor the correct distance from the lens - I don't know whether this technique allows you to use multiple lenses - something I'd have to look into further.

Steve - I have done a quick "how I did it" for the E-420, if you want to have a look, it's in the E-420 section of the forum. I can also pass on information for the company which I used to have the glass cut and ground, however the E-400 isn't going to be as good as a E-410 or E-420 for full spectrum conversion as it doesn't have liveview - when I use mine it is generally with an infra red filter on the front and looking at the liveview screen as the viewfinder is black (It's fine when I put the hot mirror on instead).

Imageryone - there are normally a few on from america, but I have seen an english one on not too long ago (might still be on?). The cost of the american ones was what convinced me to have a go myself!

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