Infrared Conversion with Kolari Vision

January 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

To expand on my photography I decided to get back into infrared. Before my interest
in bird photography I had a Canon 20D converted to infrared by Life Pixel. Eventually
I sold the converted 20D.
 

I ended up buying a Canon 10D with a battery grip dirt cheap.
 

Instead of sending my camera in to Life Pixel, I decided on Kolari Vision. Art Morris
and Denise Ippolito used them and were happy, so I figured why not? Kolari had
a number of advantages over Life Pixel. One was their five day turnaround time
(Life Pixel was 10 days). The second was Kolari would calibrate one lens for free
(Life Pixel had a small fee). The third was Kolari was $10 cheaper thanks to a coupon.
I've also emailed them a few times and they always replied by the next day.

After going back and forth, I finally decided on the 720 filter. I liked the option of
having a colored sky or changing it to all black and white.
 

I packed up my 10D and 24-105 lens and shipped it out via FedEx. The package
arrived on 1/15/16.
 

I estimated that if they started it the next week and with a few days for shipping, I'd
get it back by 1/30, which is when I needed it.
 

After six working days, the status still read 'camera received'. I started to get a little
nervous, since a lens was involved. So I emailed them on 1/25 and asked for a status.
They replied it was being worked on now. The status still shows 'Camera Received'.

Finally got a notice that it was shipped...via USPS! That irks me. I used FedEx to ship
it to them so it gets the extra care and protection. Then they turnaround and ship it
via USPS!
 

If anything, I'd like to see their website updated so it provides an accurate account of where
my order actually stands. Their ordering process should include an option of whether or not
a lens is being sent in. Even though they say to just send it in, I'd still like some type of proof.
They should also probably change their turnaround time to 10 days.
 

I should've stuck with Life Pixel.
 


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