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DJI ND Filters vs The Others

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Kman, Feb 3, 2016.

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  1. Kman

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    Hey all. I'm in the market for an ND 8 and 16 filter. I see DJI makes them now. How does the glass on these compare to SRP or Polar Pro?

    I tried searching but I didn't see any comparisons.
     
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    I just bought some filters for my advanced but lens cap won't unscrew lol.completely solid
     
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    I had the DJI ND4 found that quite good but dont know how it compares.
     
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    if you squeeze it too tight it pushes the metal ring into the threads, you need to wrap a rubber band around it and put even pressure around the ring as you uncrew. It will come loose, I have had to do it to a few different phantoms and it has always eventually come loose. be gentle so you don't damage your gimbal.
     
  5. Sinisalo

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    The Polar Pro filters are ok, if you order directly from them you will get a carry case since everyone was complaining (myself included) about the lack of one. I personally never used the ND4 filter and ND8 works great but I hate that I only have 2 ND options in the Polar Pro Set, If you spend more money you can have more ND options. That is where the @Rainbowers set comes into play. I knew if I was going to spend slightly more than $100 on a set of filters I would have to get the rainbowers kit. It comes with 2 graduated filters and you can use 2 different filters at a time. Before I ordered the rainbowers kit I ordered an adjustable ND filter from Amazon. You can twist it and adjust it on the fly which was ideal to me so I could find the best exposure for filming with a shutter speed at 2x my frame rate. I haven't tested the rainbowers filters or the adjustable ND filter yet but I will post a review when I do. Until then, here is a picture of all 3. IMG_5908.JPG IMG_5909.JPG
     
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    The main selling point for me on the rainbowers kit was the graduated filters
     

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    Ended up ordering the ND8 and ND16 from DJI. Will report back with how they are when I get them.
     
  8. Mutterranch

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    Check out phantom filters.com
    No frills ND filters at a great price!
     
  9. msinger

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    I have all of these filters. I don't know how the glass compares, but I can tell you they are all quality products. The only thing I don't like about the SRP filters is that they are very hard to slide on and off the camera. They are just too snug.
     
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    could you link to a variable nd that fits the phantom 3? i also would like the combination variable nd and graduated nd?

     
  11. Sinisalo

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    This is the variable ND filter I have, I have not had a chance to test it yet as I am having to send my P3P in for service due to a gimbal problem and focus problems. It does weigh 8 grams more than the phantom UV filter so i am guessing it will need to be balanced in the same manner as the rainbowers filters. This is the thread to the rainbowers filters, see post 249 for ordering instructions:
    The professional filter set for the Phantom 3

    To be clear the variable ND cannot be used with the graduated nd, they are 2 different systems.
     
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    This is hot and miss due to tolerance variations of the DJI filter ring. I still have my first DJI stock filter from my very first P3P. Fits well. It's tight on my new P3P. So I just removed the scratched UV out of the 1st filter and mount my SRPs to it.
     
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    Ordered my ND's today off DJI site around late lunch time. Got a tracking link about 20 minutes ago. Fast shipping!
     
  14. rippmaster13

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    ah thx.

    ps what nds are used in diffrent timer of day? is it the following

    nd 32 (mid day strong sun).
    nd 16 (afternoon light clouds)
    nd8 (eavning w ligt clouds)
    nd4 (sunsets) ?
     
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    The variable ND I have has darkening is top left and bottom right quadrants of the frame, I think this is the result of using polarized glass for the variable capability. Also a bit tinted as I am pretty sure they are resin based.... Wouldn't recommend them, although very convenient. I am going rainbowers, most flexibility in that you can stack filters etc. DJI are great from what I gave read, but you can't stack em.


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