Infrared Photography Gear and Software

25 May 2023
Lens Filter Graphic

Without ado, here’s a list of the gear and software I currently use in my infrared photography work.


Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera with a full-spectrum conversion by Kolari.


I use a combination of RF and EF lenses (the latter with an adaptor). RF lenses are phenomenal, but not all work well for infrared photography. More on this in another post. Where equivalent RF lenses are not suitable for IR, I have substituted EF lenses.

EF lenses can be mounted to the Canon RF with the the EF-EOS adapter. This adapter dramatically increases the number lenses you can use with the R5.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Canon RF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM

Canon Extender EF 2X II*
Canon Extender EF 1.4X II*

*I use the older II series extenders because they work better with the EF-EOS adapter. I can not detect any quality difference at all between the series II and series III. I bought both of them second-hand on Ebay.

Lensbaby Sweet 35 & 80

Infrared Filters

Hoya R72 - the classic, and what you should use if you don’t have a converted camera

I use a combination of traditional lens filters and the newer style rear filters, ie the RF Mount Clip-Ins, from Kolari.

Kolari 550 nm, 590 nm, 665 nm, 720 nm and 850 nm Infrared Filters
Aerochrome Lite
UV/IR Cut Hot Mirror
Various ND and circular polarized filters

Tripod & Head

ProMediaGear TR344 Carbon Fiber Tripod
Acratech GXP Ball-head Tripod Head with Lever Clamp

Acratech Quick Release Plates for the Canon R5, 70-200mm lens and 100-400mm lens


Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Lightroom Classic

DxO Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro

Topaz Gigapixel AI

Topaz Denoise

Helicon Focus


Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-2000

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