Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

Sign up for a weekly email of the latest drone news & information

Custom Made ND filter no added weight Updated with Comparison Photos

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by dataway, May 15, 2015.

  1. dataway

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Messages:
    366
    Likes Received:
    149
    Location:
    Southern California
    ***UPDATE ***
    The current pricing for the filters are $5 for a set of 2 ND8 3 Stop filters shipped anywhere in the US.


    I recently purchased some -3 stop ND Gel material and setup my CNC machine with a drag knife and cut a filter to fit exactly into the removable lens cover that is on the Phantom 3.

    It is raining here at the moment so have not had a chance to take it out for a test but will post comparison pictures here when i am able....

    For now here are some pics of the filter and of it installed on my camera....

    2015-05-15 14.32.18.jpg 2015-05-15 14.30.48.jpg 2015-05-15 14.31.43.jpg
     
    #1 dataway, May 15, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2015
  2. Kingfish28

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2015
    Messages:
    242
    Likes Received:
    84
    Want.
     
    dataway likes this.
  3. Buzz313th

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2015
    Messages:
    277
    Likes Received:
    103
    Very Nice.

    Any chance your using Kodak Wratten filters?
     
  4. dataway

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Messages:
    366
    Likes Received:
    149
    Location:
    Southern California
    Yes I am using Kodak ND #96 .9 Optical Gelatin Wratten 2 Filter
     
    #4 dataway, May 15, 2015
    Last edited: May 15, 2015
  5. Seadog

    Joined:
    May 1, 2015
    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    33
    Location:
    Western MA. USA
    any pricing idea if you decide to sell?
     
  6. dataway

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Messages:
    366
    Likes Received:
    149
    Location:
    Southern California
    Pricing would be $2.50 for two filters sent by USPS. That will give you the option of 3 and 6 stops if you combine the two filters.
     
    jlo, AAA, candubob and 1 other person like this.
  7. Seadog

    Joined:
    May 1, 2015
    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    33
    Location:
    Western MA. USA
    sounds good enough
     
  8. Buzz313th

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2015
    Messages:
    277
    Likes Received:
    103
    I've been wanting to test the Kodak Wratten ND filters. Could you shoot two of the exact same stills in 12mp with the p3 on a table shooting a high contrast scene with the ND 6 stop and no filter and post them for comparison?

    I'm using Lee filter glass and it's heavy. I'm looking for an alternative and the Wratten gels might be the ticket if they are optically clean and sharp.

    I would totally appreciate it.
     
  9. dataway

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Messages:
    366
    Likes Received:
    149
    Location:
    Southern California
    Hey Buzz sure I can do that for you and get it posted. These Wratten Gels are really good, my close friend recommended them and he is a professional photographer but they are a bit pricey..He had sample of the Wratten and a cheaper gel sheet and the Wratten was a quite a bit thicker to hold up better when putting it into the camera of the P3 and also the Wratten were much sharper than the cheaper gel sheet when comparing photos from his DSLR.
     
  10. Buzz313th

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2015
    Messages:
    277
    Likes Received:
    103
    Thanks Dataway...

    I appreciate it.
     
  11. dataway

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Messages:
    366
    Likes Received:
    149
    Location:
    Southern California
    Here are the comparison pictures on a bright sunny day....Apologize for the slant the table was a little off but these are to show a comparison so didn't think it to critical.

    First shot is camera set to Manual with the following settings
    (This is the setup I would use today shooting video at 4k/24fps)
    ISO 100
    Frame rate 1/50
    ND6 Filter

    Without Filter
    No ND6.JPG
    With ND6 filter:
    w ND6.JPG

    Next set of pictures are with the camera set with the following manual settings:
    ISO 100
    Frame Rate 1/320
    ND3 Filter

    Without ND filter
    No ND3.JPG

    With ND3 Filter
    W ND3.JPG

    Next set of images are with the camera set in full auto mode using the ND6 filter the main difference here is the following :

    Without an ND6 filter my ISO is auto set to 100 and my Frame rate is 1/1600

    No ND Auto.JPG

    With the ND6 filter frame rate is much better setting were in full auto ISO 100, Frame Rate set to 1/400

    W ND6 Auto.JPG
     
  12. Seadog

    Joined:
    May 1, 2015
    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    33
    Location:
    Western MA. USA
    awesome. Can't wait.
     
  13. dataway

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Messages:
    366
    Likes Received:
    149
    Location:
    Southern California
    Hey Seadog I put your filters in the mail today and they are on the way to you....
     
  14. Seadog

    Joined:
    May 1, 2015
    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    33
    Location:
    Western MA. USA
    That's great dataway. Big airshow going on so temporary NFZ all around me. They are going to help with my photography so thank you very much.
     
  15. Fplvert

    Joined:
    May 28, 2014
    Messages:
    1,559
    Likes Received:
    708
    Location:
    Southern Idaho USA
    How to buy, Dataway?
     
  16. Captain_Bob

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2015
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    New England
    Where are u getting the filters from? Are u selling them?
     
  17. dataway

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Messages:
    366
    Likes Received:
    149
    Location:
    Southern California
    Hey Fplvert just PM me on this board and we can discuss
     
  18. dataway

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Messages:
    366
    Likes Received:
    149
    Location:
    Southern California
    Hi Captain_Bob yes I am selling them until I run out of film sheets. I have my CNC machine cutting them out now and it looks like I will have about 100 of them available and am selling them in pairs to give you a total of 6 stops when combined.
     
    Captain_Bob likes this.
  19. Seadog

    Joined:
    May 1, 2015
    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    33
    Location:
    Western MA. USA
    Where in New England?
     
  20. Captain_Bob

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2015
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    New England
    I'm in... put me down for two (2) sets, for me and my partner. PM me with your cords...