This one is to replace my Sony NEX-F3 which I had had converted to IR (see previous post). Why? Because much as I loved it, I was finding the absence of a viewfinder quite an inconvenience in bright light conditions, which of course is when infrared is at its best. So I sold my converted NEX-F3 and acquired a used Sony A6000 – both transactions on e-bay. The A6000 was then converted by Alan Burch to full spectrum. I am very happy with the result. The A6000 is a silver one so I won’t pick it up by mistake thinking its my A6300 which is good, and it only had 600 shutter actuations – it looks like new.
The camera came with a Sony 16-50 power zoom – its a sort of pancake lens. I was going to sell that, until I discovered that it has good IR properties in as much as it doesn’t exhibit much of a hot spot. So that is staying on the camera for the time being and we will see if I can get used to a power zoom; my initial reactions is that it is hard to fine tune the zoom as it overshoots constantly – perhaps that is operator error!
Finally, I got hold of an STC clip-in 720nm filter for the A6000 from Cyclops Optics in Hong Kong. It’s really small and sits directly in front of the sensor and is held in place by the back of the lens. This way I can use any IR tolerant lens on the camera without having to worry about having a screw on filter of the correct size available. It arrived a few days ago and I have fired off a few test shots but nothing serious – the weather has been too dull to check it out properly.
The image above was taken in February just after I got the A6000 with a conventional R72 filter on the lens – its a panorama of four images and is the river Otter where it enters the sea at Budleigh Salterton.