Wordy Wednesday #176 “Infrared Photography with 18mm Zeiss Lens”


There is no more respected name in optics than Carl Zeiss. When I had a chance to test their Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE wide angle lens. I naturally wanted to shot some infrared, mainly because I feel that IR capture is enhanced—lots of sky—when shooting wide angle lenses. The 18mm f/3.5 ZE focuses from 0.98’to infinity and the famous T* anti-reflective coating produces images with depth, contrast and brilliance—even under a difficult lighting situations such as when shooting with an IR converted camera.

zeiss18Exposure was 1/125 sec at f/16 and ISO 400. The RAW file from the camera was processed in Silver Efex Pro, where the coffee’ toning effect was added.

This was one of my favorite images I made when shooting with a Canon EOS Rebel Xti (I know, the lens costs more than the camera) that had been converted to IR-only capture by LifePixel. It was made at Barr Lake State Park in Adams County Colorado on the road (in the foreground) that leads to the boat-launching ramp for the lake. During the week, the park is populated by just a few fisher folk and is a great place to make photographs, especially infrared.

If you want to save a few bucks when converting your camera to infrared when ordering a conversion from LifePixel, use the coupon code “farace.”

Author: Joe Farace

Share This Post On