The other day, thanks to Hunt's, I found an excellent deal on a used D70. I snapped it up as I have been wanting an infrared digital camera for ages.
I did a lot of research on the conversion process, and auto focus calibration. Although I could send my camera in for an extra $200 to have someone else convert it, I figured that my experience repairing laptops gave me enough capability to do it myself. I bought the visible-light filter and cracked open that camera to convert it.
I'm proud to say that the conversion has been successful I now have a camera that will shoot color infrared. I'm so psyched. This is a great way to start the summer season. I can't wait to go out and see what I get!
The conversion process went relatively smoothly. The infrared filter on the camera didn't come off so easily as I had expected, so I got a bit worried. Also, all the cables were super sensitive and I didn't insert them back into their places correctly. There were three cables I had to disconnect, and I messed up each one, in just about every combination possible. Very frustrating, and gave me a minor heart attack the first time when I saw the LCD screen uncontrollably blinking!! But, I didn't let it worry me too much, and I went back in... again... and again... and again... as I kept fixing this and that. hehe.
I also had to adjust the auto focus, as infrared focuses on another plane than visible light. I had a bit of a problem doing that because I couldn't get enough torque to turn the focus adjustment knob. I managed to turn it a little, so at least it's a little better, but not perfect. But, it's not too off.
In the end..... I have a working infrared digital SLR!! Wooo!