IR Photography with an M9

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IR Photography with an M9

I have been thinking about trying to do some IR photography with my M9, one of my Summarit-M f2.5 lenses, and an IR filter.

If I use my 35mm or 50mm lens, I have to use a 39mm filter and the people at B&H recommended a B+W 39mm IR Dark Red 092 filter. If I use my 75mm or 90mm lenses, then I need a 46mm filter. Here I have a choice between a B+W 46mm IR Dark Red 092 filter.or a Hoya 46mm R72 IR filter. Any recommendations of the filters or which focal length which would be best, if that matters?

I am planning to shoot in B&W and my normal M9 setup for B&W is

  • Color Saturation: B&W,
  • Contrast: Standard,
  • Sharpening: Off,
  • WB: Auto,
  • ISO: Auto,
  • and Shutter Speed: Auto.

Any recommendations with these settings? My lenses are all f2.5 to f16. Which would be the best aperture to use? Should I take a meter reading to set both aperture and shutter speed manually and should I do this with the IR filter on or off the lens?

Thanks for any recommendations

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