I‘ve finally done it! I now have an X100 series camera converted to full spectrum!
Back in July 2016, I was deciding which camera to get converted, my X100S or my X-T10 (see link here for more details). Back then I went for the X-T10 due to some limitations I had with the X100S (namely no red peak focusing for manual focusing).
This time I mangaed to pick up a used X100F in great condition and used the money saved to get it converted to full spectrum.
I decided to go with LifePixel again, because I needed to send my X-T10 back to get adjusted (it was having problems focusing to infinity with some lenses). So it made sense to send both cameras in at the same time.
I was wanting to send the camera to Kolari Vision due to the Anti Reflective coating to help with hot spots (which I would get on my unconverted X100S with higher infrared nm filters at long exposures. However after some more reading, it turns out that the AR coating works best on filters in front of the lens, and not behind the lens (ie in front of the sensor).
So i packed up the cameras and sent them of to Lifepixel. The process was basically the same for my X-T10 (see link here for more details).
The only different this times was, because I sent two cameras, I had to increase the insurance cost! And I found out the limit for insurance is ¥199,000. Japan Post can’t insure more than that limit! I wanted to insure for ¥250,000 to cover camera costs and conversion costs in case anything went wrong. Also you would need to fill out some additional paper work if the amount was over 200,000! Think the additional paper work would be for tax purposes on new and or used cameras. Wasn’t 100% sure. I did point out that these were used cameras to be sent away for repair/modification.
Shipping and insurance was a bit more this time. Around ¥5,000 for just over 1.5kg. But Japan Post has never been cheap to post overseas.
The Hotspot Test
Now the answer to the question you’ve all been waiting for. Does this camera suffer from hotspots? Let’s test some filters and find out!
For this test I used the following filters:
– LifePixel Visible Bandpass
– Kolari Blue IR NDVI
– Hoya R72 (720nm equivalent)
– B+W 403 UV
– Hoya RM90 (930nm equivalent)
These are all 49mm filters which fit perfectly on the X100F using the official Fuji filter adapter (seperate purchase). Most of my filter purchases were in the 49mm thread. I would only buy a bigger size (52mm) if 49mm wasn’t available.
I used my Fuji X100F Full Spectrum camera for these photos (of course). For each filter I shot on a tripod with a custom white balance. The sun was behind me, around 1-2pm in the afternoon. No lens hood was used for the photos. All photos are ooc jpegs.
Photos taken with the following settings:
White balance: custom
Focus: Manual (focused to infinity)
Aperture: From F2 to F16
LifePixel Visible Bandpass
Kolari Blue IR NDVI
B+W 403 UV
No hotspots! Yay! I was worried that there would be hotspots with stronger infrared filters. In future I would like to try longer exposures with an infrared ND filter.
Below are links to photos I’ve taken with the X100F since I preformed the above test.