Ultraviolet & Infrared Photography Equipment for Sale

Shane Elen

If you didn't arrive here through BeyondVisible then you may wish to visit for technical information on ultraviolet, infrared and luminescence photography.

These flashes can be used for infrared and ultraviolet photography with both film and digital cameras. The PC sync voltage is around 10V on the Nikon SB-14 and (my) Vivitar 285HV is safe for many digital cameras such as the Nikon D70, D40, D200, Kodak DCS 760, DCS 720x, Fuji S3 Pro UVIR, IS Pro UVIR and the Sigma SD10 - for other models, check your owners manual.

These are my surplus items and therefore subject to very limited availability. They may be new or used condition, as indicated.

Nikon UV Enhanced SB-14 (SB-140 UVIR clone) Flash Units

Nikon SB-14
Nikon SB-14
(Unmodified)
Nikon SB-14 UV-E Enhanced Ultraviolet
Nikon SB-14 UV-E Enhanced Ultraviolet
(Nikon SB-140 clone) requires SW-5UV adapter or the interchangeable SW-5UV/IR/V/Diffuser kit.
Nikon SB-14 UV-ED Enhanced/Dedicated Ultraviolet
Nikon SB-14 UV-ED
Enhanced/Dedicated Ultraviolet

Nikon SB-14 UV-E (UV Enhanced, SB-140 clone) - 2 available.
Over the last few years, several genuine Nikon SB-140 UVIR flashes have come up for auction and the prices have ranged from $1600 (well used) to $3500 (LNIB). An alternative is my more affordable UV modified SB-14UV-E.

This flash functions similarly to the Nikon SB-140 UVIR Speedlight flash. The Xenon flashlamp has been modified to increase UV output and can be used for ultraviolet, infrared and visible photography when fitted with the appropriate flash filter. All come with the SU-2 sensor, SC-11 sync cable, SK-5 handle mount bracket, SD-7 battery pack and SC-16 battery cable. For UV and fluorescence use, add the SW-5UV clone, for UV, IR, Visible and fluorescence add the SW-5 clone set.

Nikon SB-14 & SB-140 UVIR Ultraviolet SW-5UV & Infrared SW-5IR Flash Adapters

Nikon SW-5UV clone
Nikon SW-5UV clone
Nikon SW-5 UV/IR/V/Diffuser Interchangeable Filter Kit
Nikon SW-5 UV/IR/V/Diffuser Interchangeable Filter Kit
Nikon SW-5UV
Nikon SW-5UV (sold Nov 2006 Ebay $632)

Nikon SW-5UV clone - $225
(adapter surround & UV filter included) - for ultraviolet photography using the Nikon SB-140, UV Enhanced SB-14 or unmodified SB-14

The SW-5UV clone is made using UV glass of similar spectral properties and thickness to the original Nikon SW-5UV filter. This is a custom shaped filter for a perfect fit into the adapter and exhibits a similar appearance and function to the original Nikon SW-5UV, except that it is not fitted with a safety cord like the original.

Nikon SW-5UV, SW-5IR, SW-5V and SW-5 clone set - $365
A set of interchangeable filters for the Nikon SW-5 adapter, to be used with the Nikon SB-14 UV-E.

One flash adapter with interchangeable filters for ultraviolet, infrared, visible or diffused lighting.

Nikon Infrared Flash Adapters

Nikon IR flash adapter fits SB-800, SB-600, SB-50DX, SB-80DX, SB-24 - $125 (2 available)
(IR adapter surround & IR filter included)

This IR (740nm) flash adapter exhibits similar spectral properties to the Nikon SW-5IR filter. The flash can still be used for normal visible light photography, as the adapter is easily removed.

Canon Infrared Flash Adapters

Canon IR flash adapter fits 580EXII, 580EX, 550EX, 430EX, 380EX - $125 (1 available)
(IR adapter surround & IR filter included)

This IR (740nm) flash adapter exhibits similar spectral properties to the Nikon SW-5IR filter. The flash can still be used for normal visible light photography, as the adapter is easily removed.

Ultraviolet & Infrared Forensic Reflectors - Quantum Qflash, Lumedyne and Norman

UV Forensic reflector fitted to Quantum Qflash
UV Forensic reflector fitted to Quantum Qflash T
UV Forensic reflector
UV Forensic reflector fitted to Lumedyne
UV Forensic reflector fitted to Lumedyne

Full Size 125mm Diameter UV Forensic Reflector - $345 (1 available)
This UV Forensic Reflector replaces the reflector for Quantum Qflash (T or X series), Lumedyne or Norman flash heads to provide UV flash source for reflected ultraviolet or fluorescence photography. It has 3.5 times the filter area when compared with the Quantum QF-80 reflector fitted with a 67mm Peca filter, but is less than 2 times the price.

Ultraviolet & Infrared Flash Adapter for the Vivitar 283

Vivitar 283 UV or IR flash adapter
Vivitar 283 UV or 740nm IR flash adapter.

Vivitar 283 UV or IR adapter: UV-$160, IR-$130 (1 available)
(Vivitar adapter IS included)

Ultraviolet & Infrared Filters for DIY Vivitar 285HV and 283 Flash Adapters

DIY UV or IR filter fitted to the Vivitar 285/285HV adapter
DIY UV or 740nm IR filter fitted to the Vivitar 285HV adapter
DIY UV or IR filter fitted to the Vivitar 283 adapter
DIY UV or 740nm IR filter fitted to the Vivitar 283 adapter

You can still obtain the Vivitar 285HV flash new from B&H for a reasonable price and it can be modified for UV or IR. It is small and convenient to carry and, despite being the least powerful UV flash listed on this page, it is still adequate for ultraviolet in many situations.

DIY Vivitar 285/285HV or Vivitar 283 UV or IR adapter filters: UV-$145, IR-$115 (2 available)
(Vivitar adapter surround NOT included)

The ultraviolet filter is of similar spectral properties and thickness as the Nikon SW-5UV and can be fitted inside the Vivitar wide angle adapter.

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Avoiding my Spam Filter: The author can be contacted at shane(AT)beyondvisible(DOT)com AND the email subject MUST contain at least one of the following words: UV, IR, ultraviolet or infrared, otherwise it will end up in the spam folder to be deleted. NOTE - when contacting me there is no hyphen in beyondvisible. Response to emails may be delayed up to several weeks due to summer field trips, May-July, and limited internet access. I will try and get back to you as soon as possible.

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© Shane Elen. Last updated Jan 9th, 2012.