Digital Camera Modifications: INFRARED | FULL SPECTRUM | ASTRO

Infrared Modification

Don't just feel the heat of the world, see it!

Canon cameras have the option to be modified for infrared photography. With this modification your camera will be able to capture impressive landscapes and buildings to uncover the elegance in their contours.

A city park in infrared light. IR modified Canon T1i.
An infrared camera's (right) staggering ability to pierce through the morning mist

By default, Canon cameras come equipped with two internal filters that intercept light nonvisible to the human eye. Although this is useful and beneficial for everyday photography, it also prohibits taking pictures in other light ranges like ultraviolet, H-alpha, and infrared.

Filter arrangement of a Canon sensor.

Fortunately for those wishing to shoot the aforementioned types of images, it is still possible to convert certain cameras to overcome the challenge posed by the pre-installed filters.

Applying our expert knowledge and experience, we at Night Sky Camera have developed our own unique system to modify cameras to a specific configuration. Our method is effective, reasonably priced, and, most importantly, reliable.

A maple tree in infrared light. IR modified Canon T1i.

To convert a Canon camera, we begin by carefully disassembling the camera body to reveal major internal components and make them accessible for extraction.

For an infrared modification, stock filters in front of the sensor are removed and replaced with a high quality 590nm or 720nm IR filter.

High quality glass 720nm long pass filter.

To compensate for the removal of the LPF1 and LPF2 and addition of the IR filter, it is then necessary to precisely calibrate the camera sensor by adjusting its position so that the internal autofocus system may work properly. As it is part of the LPF1 filter, the dust reduction element is removed with the filter.

Finally, the camera body is reassembled and extensively tested to guarantee the product upholds our company’s quality standard and ensure the new configuration will continue functioning. At this point, new light can effortlessly make its way to the sensor and your camera will be ready for whatever new adventures you have planned for it.