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Old August 24th, 2008, 10:46 AM   #16
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The EX1 does have black balance. I believe it's in the maintenance menu.
Yes it it there, but isn't active (grayed out) - at least with the 1.02 fw I still have.
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Old August 25th, 2008, 12:22 PM   #17
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Ryan, will the IR 750 filter be available in circular threaded: 77mm, 52mm and other diameters?
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Old August 25th, 2008, 02:04 PM   #18
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Ned, have you tested the IR750 under tungstun?
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Old August 25th, 2008, 02:32 PM   #19
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Is infrared light polarized?
Polarization isn't a property of special wavelengths. Most surfaces reflect diffuse, so they destroy any polarization, if there was any. Transparent stuff like glass is reflecting purely linear-polarized, if the light hits it with the brewster-angle of incidence.
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Dominik, then do I understand correctly that Polarizers block light more or less evenly throughout both visible and IR spectrum, and therefore do not work as IR blockers?
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Old August 25th, 2008, 02:53 PM   #21
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Ned, have you tested the IR750 under tungstun?
Not yet.

High priority this week is IR750 testing.

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Dominik, then do I understand correctly that Polarizers block light more or less evenly throughout both visible and IR spectrum, and therefore do not work as IR blockers?
That's correct.
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That's correct.
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Old September 5th, 2009, 06:36 AM   #24
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Hi,
FYI I have a new EX3 with firmware 1.04-0084 and yes the IR problem is still there Sony really sucks on this one.
I have tried black balance, white balance and black balance again and it has not fixed the problem. I have just ordered a Tiffen 4 x 4 IR (IR680) due in 3 weeks to try to fix the problem. Most of my work is under QI lights. I had to do a interview yesterday and decided to not to use the Blonds and Redhead instead I use some new high intensity 2300K LED lights for the shoot. The images were great no IR contamination black were solid and crisp.
Thatís great for close up work my problem is I do a lot of stage and musical productions that I have no control over lighting.
I would also be very interested in any tests using IR filters if some can post results.

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Old September 5th, 2009, 08:23 AM   #25
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Please report how your 680 is doing, preferably post some grabs!

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Old September 5th, 2009, 11:37 AM   #26
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my ir problem dissapeared when i used the b&w 486 filter.

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Old September 5th, 2009, 11:51 AM   #27
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my ir problem dissapeared when i used the b&w 486 filter.

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Same here.

Also, the amount of IR which is allowed to hit the sensors is determined by a fixed hi-pass filter which is permanently attached to the CMOS sensor assembly inside the camera. I wouldn't have expected a firmware update to alter that. Many CMOS-based cameras exhibit this behavior. If you want to see an extreme example, Google "Leica M8 IR contamination" - it will make you feel better about your EX1/EX3. (If "Sony sucks on this" then so does RED, Canon, ...)

I frequently shoot under hot lights and the 486 filter lets me control how far down the spectrum to go.
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Old September 6th, 2009, 06:26 AM   #28
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my ir problem dissapeared when i used the b&w 486 filter.

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Same here as well.
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