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Kodak HIE Infrared (35mm, 25 iso) user-review

Kodak HIE IR Black and White film is a high-speed film with high contrast and produces a nice haze effect.

Kodak HIE IR Black and White film is a high-speed film with high contrast and produces a nice haze effect.

Have you ever dabbled in the world of infrared? I have and if it wasn’t so expensive I think that’s all I would shoot.

First here is what you need to know about IR film:

  1. The film cannot not see ANY light at all! Total Darkness.
  2. Manual Cameras work best.
  3. Lenses don’t focus infrared radiation in the same way as visible radiation. The lens must be moved slightly farther from the film to focus an infrared image.
  4. You are supposed to use a red or orange filter to enhance the infrared effect on the film, i used a light red filter.
  5. Small apertures good, large apertures not so much.
  6. No set exposure, my shots were set at 100 ISO
  7. Processing has many options. I processed mine in the same developers for T-MAX.
  8. Prints are very grainy.
  9. Bracket you exposures

I shot this roll with my Nikon FT3, set the camera to 100 ISO. If you are familiar with manual SLR Lens you will notice a red curved line on the lens. That is for focusing IR film. I think I did enough typing.

Enjoy the photos.

The price the ranges from $12 USD and up, but unfortunately Kodak has discontinued this film due to lack of sales. So instead of going for eBay to get some HIE film for $50 a roll, head over to the Lomo Shop instead and try some of the IR film they have in stock.

written by xbalboax


  1. tracyvmoore


    Oh wow!!! Thanks for this review. The shots are simply astounding....I love every single one. Thanks for all the great information about infrared. I have tried it before...but really had no idea what I was doing. With all your awesome insight I'm totally ready to go out and shoot some more.

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  2. d_i_d


    amazing pics!

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  3. xbalboax


    thanks all, i finally saw this review :) took me long enough

    almost 7 years ago · report as spam
  4. redfactor

    IR in the city is something you never see, excellent review :-))))) i will try this

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