135mm Infrared - Efke IR 820 BW (1 Roll - Limited!)

135mm Infrared - Efke IR 820 BW  (1 Roll)

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Efke IR 820 BW Infrared Film - Limited!

36 Exposures / 1 Roll / Cold-Stored Expired 02/2014

This film produces awesome infrared results when shot with R72, Red, Orange or Red filter over your lens! The deeper the filter, the more dramatic the effects!

Photo by Mat Marrash on Efke IR 820 film

By using a deep red filter skies can be rendered almost black and most green vegetation almost white. Its unusual tonal rendition ensures interesting results for a range of subjects, including portraits, landscapes, townscapes and architecture.

Photo by Andy Jenkins shot on Efke IR 820 film

If you are using a dark red filter over your lens and plan of mertering through the filter, try using iso 50 – 100. If you are using a IR72 filter, the filter will be too dense to meter through. In this case, use a hand-held meter at about iso 3 or 6. Experimentation is key. Please Google “Shooting Efke IR 820 for more information.

Remember, you will at least need a deep red filter to achieve Infrared results from this film!

What camera can I use?

It is important to use a 35mm camera that DOES NOT have diode sensors that detect the DX Code. These mini lights might fog the film. So what camera? Any camera that has a manual iso/asa setting / doesn't auto-detect the iso. (Note that the Canon EOS 10s has NO Diodes and can shoot infrared)

How do I process it?
Since it’s BW film, you can process the film yourself. If you need to send your film out we highly recommend that you send your BW infrared film to our friends at TheDarkroom.com. They know how to process it without fogging the film and don’t charge an extra fee (like other labs). Make sure you mark your film BW INFRARED!!

Important Notes on Handling and Processing! It is VERY important to make sure you load and unload your film in near darkness. Please make sure that you are using an older model 35mm camera that does not use diode light to count frames. These frame count lights will fog your film.

Tips for shooting Infrared by Aldo Altamirano

If you want to get strong IR look, a Hoya R72 filter is my recommendation. Just keep in mind, most IR filters are very dark and you'll need to use slow shutter speeds in the order of 1 second or less, so you'll need a tripod. Small apertures are also recommended (f/9-f/16). IR light have different focus distances than regular light, thus the more depth you get, the better to have everything in focus.

IR filters usually block visible light and it gets challenging to compose with a SLR (you can't see anything trough the viewfinder) so a rangefinder will be perfect for this, that said, I've used IR filters with SLR cameras with no problems, you just need to be patient composing the image.

Additional reading:

Martin Zimelka's Efke IR 820 Blog: http://www.martinzimelka.com/pages/EFKE_IR_820.html

The end of Efke IR 820: http://4nalog.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-end-of-artistic-infrared-film-era.html

Shooting with Efka IR 820 by Jonathan Gazeley: http://www.jonathangazeley.com/2011/07/shooting-with-efke-ir820-infrared-film/

Efke IR 820 blog by Christine Hauber: http://www.christinehauber.com/blog/2012/5/Infrared-Film---Efke-ir820

Sample Images

Efke IR 820 BW image by Mat Marrash
Efke IR 820 BW image by Mat Marrash
Efke IR 820 BW image by Andy Jenkins
Efke IR 820 BW image by Mat Marrash