crankykoopa 10:46pm, 9 August 2010
I found this resource that lists which lenses are and aren't suitable for Infrared photography for Nikon and Canon DSLRs.
Hopefully it will be of use to someone.
Tesseract (Graeme) PRO 8 years ago
I'll add the Nikon 18-70mm & 80-400mm as a great lenses for IR

I also think the Nikon 85mm PC f2.8 will work but I need to double check.

However anything from Tokina won't work (Hot Spots due to too many lens elements)
JyBravo 8 years ago
Great list, have seen it before (reason I stopped using my 35mm f/1.8 and never tried to use the 50mm 1.8). Thanks for posting the link here, I had forgotten where I had found this...
akione7 8 years ago
great find, as most lists are old as ------, well old....
syncros PRO 8 years ago
I just added the Nikon 16-85 VR lens to my arsenal. Works great with no hotspots. My tokina 12-24 does hotspot, but no matter, my Sigma 14mm AF f3.5 has no hotspot issues (and focuses real close).
Mister Graves 8 years ago
Odd that they say the Canon 35mm f/2 is good for infrared. That lens produces a hot spot easier than any other I've used... including the cheapo 18-55 non IS.
emalb 8 years ago
They recommend the Canon EF-S 10-22 mm f/3.5-4.5 USM for IR, but I got a very obvious hot spot on loads of pictures that I took with that lens.
RTsan 8 years ago
@everyone: I' too have seen this list. I'll add that the 50mm 1.4 is quite usable: yes, sometimes I get a hot spot. But sometimes I don't (see my shot "Towards Heaven' in my Montreal folder). I'll also share that I got strange smoke-effects off of people on two separate shots with that lens: very weird, and its the only lens I have had that happen.

@ emalb: I've had great luck with my 10-22mm in IR; are you using a lens hood? It also just might be a bad copy.
emalb 8 years ago
@RTsan: Yep, I took a few hundred shots with that lens, both with and without the hood and I've seen the hotspot in both situations. It can show up to greater or lesser extents, depending on the conditions and the angle of the lens to the sun, but even when you'd think it's ideal it can still be there. I don't know enough about it to know whether I am just unlucky to have a poor instance of that lens. It could be that.
RTsan 8 years ago
@emalb: My copy is fantastic. In fact I bought it because of the nasty hotspots I was getting with the 16-35 IIL -- a lens I bought specifically to shoot infrared (at that time, film). It could be Canon quality control, which doesn't seem to be very good. My 24mm is not good at all but I've seen/heard plenty of people swear by it. And I've had two L lenses that were faulty right out of the box, one being the 16-35 (software, which Canon still hasn't fixed after two tries).
akione7 8 years ago
I don't think it's the manufacturer's fault that certain lenses have problems with IR, because most of their lenses were built for the visible market.
that said there are lenses that are specifically made for IR, like the ones below.
uηderaglassbell 8 years ago
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Although I don't shoot with my Modified 350D at the moment on account of still having 35mm and 120 IR film to hand, it is my go-to lens for Digital IR:

ZERO hot-spots and I do enjoy the benefits of the L glass.

Michael Bradtke PRO 8 years ago
I have to disagree with almost all of what they say. The Nikon 50 f/1.8 AFD works very well on my modified D200 so does the 50mm f/1.4 AFD and the 50mm f/1.2.
MY 20mm f/2.8 AFD will give me a hot spot if I stop it down past 5.6. I don't have the Nikon 14 but the 14 I do have works well enough till about f/8.
Thing is different lenses of the same focal length and f/ number will act differently on different cameras.

You really need to try the lens on your own set up to see how it will work.

notrub1943 8 years ago
"Thing is different lenses of the same focal length and f/ number will act differently on different cameras."

I concur. That's what makes these kind of lists so problematic: YMMV. :-)
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