Yashica infrared filter removed!

Yashica infrared filter

Yashica infrared filter

It's a bit hard to decide and remove it's ir blocking filter because it's just months old in my hands. But infrared photography is an interesting hobby and because few people know it or find it boring unlike the visible spectrum that our eyes can only see. Digital cameras today and it's sensor is amazing that they can really view all the electromagnet spectrum as they call it but manufacturers uses a filter that blocks infrared to compensate the true color that our normal eyes can see. Since majority uses only the visible spectrum I decided to open the Yashica EZ W501 cover and join the minority who maximizes the use of invisible spectrum and there's no turning back! Haha..

Opening the case is simple but remembering where I get the screws is hard! I even have 3 screws left because I don't remember where to place them, but the good news is that it's working fine except the battery replacement warning showed up. And another learn experience is that you should never get too excited removing the first lens that you would see unless it's a cyan square glass, I was too excited that I scratched and remove the round magnified lens. So my first attempt was epic failure! It was a focusing lens that was lost when I turned it on and the infrared filter is still intact very close to the CMOS sensor. You will see in the image what I am talking about, luckily the scratch is on the upper right and unnoticeable until adjusting a different focus.

Why is infrared photography is interesting? Because infrared is invisible in our eyes, it's that simple. I want to see things different setting, lists of it's uses are too many to explain but one of my favorite use is for night vision, and least favorite is seeing the invisible spirits around =). With the help of infrared LED you can see the reflection of objects in the dark, isn't that great feeling that you could see things in dark environment without using a visible light and you are stealthy like a B-2 spirit bomber floating in sky taking pictures. Another thing is viewing the dark skies full of small bright stars, but it will still need a telescope used in observatory or hobbyist. There is freedom if you removed the infrared blocking filter in those digital cameras, and there's plenty tutorial how to do it.

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