For an example of how far Oly has come... here is an iso 400 IR shot from me handheld with the Oly e520, 1.6 sec exposure, at the wide end of the kit lens!
Did channel mixer and autolevels in photoshop-- this is at the wide end of the 14-42mm zoom, there was no bracing whatsoever involved with this shot. The blurring in the foliage is due to the wind (because its a 1.6 sec exposure), note the house and fence in the background is not blurred. The noise would have been less had I not had saturation and sharpness turned up high lol.
http://i73.photobucket.com/groups/i206/ ... 24ir-1.jpg
Image Description = OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Camera Make = OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera Model = E-520
Picture Orientation = normal (1)
Exposure Time (1 / Shutter Speed) = 16/10 second = 1.6 second
Lens F-Number/F-Stop = 56/10 = F5.6
Exposure Program = manual control (1)
ISO Speed Ratings = 400
Exif Version = 0221
Original Date/Time = 2008:08:26 16:19:34
Digitization Date/Time = 2008:08:26 16:19:34
Components Configuration = 0x01,0x02,0x03,0x00 / YCbCr
Exposure Bias (EV) = 0/10 = 0
Max Aperture Value (APEX) = 925/256 = 3.61
Max Aperture = F3.5
Metering Mode = pattern / multi-segment (5)
Light Source / White Balance = unknown (0)
Flash = Flash did not fire, auto mode
Focal Length = 14/1 mm = 14 mm