Drumlanrig Castle [720nm IR] | PT.I | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, infrared, photography, structures

About Turn | Ricoh GR Infrared.

Each of us has the right to change our minds. (That’s my excuse and, I’m sticking to it!) Insosaying, last month, I wrote a post about my newly converted GR – to 450nm, internally. The idea was that I’d be able to choose my preferred wavelengths for split-spectrum or infrared photography, but, things have been simplified rather, thanks to a few unwelcome dust-spots on its sensor. (Every cloud, an’ all that?) I arranged for the sensor to be cleaned and, in the interests of keeping the camera compact (without having to use the filter adapter for mounting an IR filter over the lens) I opted to have the internal 450nm glass removed and replaced with my preferred 720nm glass, instead. This has turned out to be a monumentally productive decision. 

I | Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill | 720nm IR | 35mm Internal Crop / 4:3 – 180th – f8 – ISO:100

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These two frames are the first that I’m publishing from this new conversion and, after what started out as an uncertain day for IR captures – I have to say that I am utterly blown away by what this GR-720nm can resolve. Compared to my X100 conversion, I definitely see more details in the GRs shadows, though the Fuji does have better overall dynamic range and, controls the highlights a little better. The GRs files do look more organic to me (which is why I have always loved them for black and white work) and, in such compact form, no longer having to use the filter adapter to capture frames like this, it’s ridiculous how little I have to carry in order to get results such as these. Happy? Pahhh… doesn’t even come close!


II | Drumlanrig Castle | 720nm IR + ND500 | 35mm Internal Crop / 4:3 – 8″ – f16 – ISO:100

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14 thoughts on “Drumlanrig Castle [720nm IR] | PT.I | 35:Chronicle

  1. Completely agree about the GR. I just bought a brand new GRII last week, after researching this camera to death on Google and via YouTube reviews for over a year. The new GR III pushed the prices of the old model even lower, so I went for it. Knew what I was coming into (including the dust problem people complain about, or poor durability and failures), also knew about how sharp the GR lens was, but was utterly blown away when I tried it myself. I’m a Pentax shooter and there is no lens in my arsenal, not even the Limited primes, matching the resolution of GR. None. I’m in the process of selling all of my non-IR DSLR gear and will use only the GR. Thinking of getting a second one and having it converted to 590nm and use my converted EOS 20D only as a backup. I primarily shoot IR street photography and the Canon does get heavy after a while and is not stealthy by any stretch of imagination.
    I literally have my GR in my bag everywhere I go now, even if it is to go buy groceries, so your comment about portability and size is spot on. As the old wisdom says: “The best camera is the one you have on you at the moment”…

    Great composition on the first picture, BTW. Love the clouds and the unmistakable IR-radiance and glow.

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    1. Hi Jiri.. Great to read your comments. The thing about the GR, for me, is this – it’s not what it’s known for, or is stereotypically useful for, but moreover, knowing what it is capable of. It’s a very difficult camera to understand the point of, if one’s goals aren’t certain. I myself sold it off three times when I first started trying it, years ago. But something suddenly clicked. What is a camera, but a lens, and some controls, and a box for collecting light? How much more do we really need, than that. And that, in its simplicity (and portability) is the whole point of it. I shoot two GRs, one standard, one IR. I also shoot the same configuration with a couple of X100 cameras and I honestly can’t say which system is the ‘back up’. They’re both superb. But the GR has an output I just love. Though I’ve never been brand-loyal, with Ricoh, you know what you’re getting.
      I love the fact that the GR III is out there now, because as you rightly say, prices of the two former models have plummeted on the used market. I myself purchased a GR for little over £150 a couple of months back, because it had a couple of dust spots. I don’t care.. that’s the beauty of editing, I suppose. Once the enemy has given its position away, its easier to clone ‘im out! 😁 I can work with that.
      In honesty, I stand by my written belief that the GR is my favourite camera of all time. To date. It can be configured almost any way one wishes, and as a plus, the internal 35mm crop suits me perfectly, with plenty of resolution to spare. It’s a fab lens, isn’t it?! 😁
      I’m very happy that you enjoyed the shots. I have a good number of potential ‘sharers’ so please, watch this space, as they say. It’s going to be a wonderful summer! 📷😊
      Best regards, Rob.


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