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Lens Filter Kit: "Unboxing", install and review...

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Vision Discussion' started by Pull_Up, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. Pull_Up

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    Says it all up there, really...

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNzwZ9oKezo[/youtube]

    One or two small things to look out for, otherwise very nice! Fans will already be aware of the hairy arms that I keep forgetting to get out of the way of the camera, and the tendency for alcohol to appear in my videos... Nice drop of red from Puglia this evening. ;-)
     
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    cant seems to find any stock ?? where did you purchase pull_up ??
     
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    From a dealer in the UK (now showing "out of stock" since I bought it on Tuesday)... given the low value and large postage it's probably not worth importing from this far away?
     
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  5. Pull_Up

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    Ha! Good spot. Hope you didn't get stuffed on the postage - it's a very light package.
     
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    Nice Vid! I believe I get mine tomorrow.
     
  7. Pull_Up

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    Thanks! If you don't have a 1.5mm hex driver then I hope the one in your packet is not quite as out of true as mine was... :roll:
     
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    Was 6.63 GBP from UK to NZ .... Friday 10:40AM here so if ships tomorrow (friday) should be here mid next week

    Im used to it living down here in NZ .... alway get screwed on shipping costs ... but sometime have some spectacular speeds.

    Ordered new P2V compass on 27th ... FedEx delivered yesterday morning 2.5 days later from China, was amazed :)
     
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    Thanks....
    Post some videos when the rain stops :)
     
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    I will... been a week since I last got any airtime and the forecast for tomorrow is crappy again :x
     
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    My last flight was 01/01/14. Weather here as been a total suckfest... :(

    -slinger
     
  12. Peter Evans

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    Nice video, Pull_up. However, by fitting that UV filter, you've now added two cheap glass surfaces in front of the lens and so run the risk of flare and ghosting in your images and video footage, and for no practical benefit. Lenses with super wide angles of view, like on the P2V are particularly susceptible to this.

    Take a look here for further explanation:
    http://www.ishootshows.com/2011/07/13/understanding-lens-flare-ghosting/
    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/columns/sm-feb-05.shtml
    http://www.thephoblographer.com/2013/01/11/uv-filters-do-they-degrade-image-quality/

    Just something you may wish to consider ;-)

    The polariser is a different kettle of fish, that does offer real benefits.

    Pete

    By the way, the filter for fluorescent light you have in that kit is meant to be used with film. When shooting digital, you achieve the same thing by changing the white balance setting

    Oh, and just AAMOI, a circular polariser has nothing to do with the fact that the filter turns in its mount :)
    http://www.leefilters.com/index.php/camera/polariser
     
  13. Pull_Up

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    I thank you! I took yours and others advice on the other thread and went for the circ polariser as a "must have", as I said in the video the UV is going to sit there in lieu of lens cap while it sits in the flight case - especially as I've lost the actual lens cover somewhere between here and a preserved railway in south Oxfordshire.

    The fact that the filters spin on and off pretty quickly means that I can swap it out for the polariser before take-off. I thought it was reasonable value for a circ polariser, a "lens cap"/UV and a pouch to keep those and my ND filter in (when I get it).
     
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    Another great video Pull-up cheers.

    I did fit mine on Tuesday would agree about the hex drive (crap)
    and yes I brought exactly the same filter pack from polaroid.

    To be fair in Peters reply one of the only reasons to use the UV filter was If you’re the kind of person that puts a case on your phone the first day you get it ! Well that’s me so I'm using it.

    Cheers Glen.
    Ps: where did you get the hex drive pm me please. I know if I just buy one on line it will be us.
     
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    Here you go, 6 and a half quid. It's not super high quality but the hex bits are nice and crisp and have a good length for the deeper recessed screws on the Vision:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00C ... UTF8&psc=1

    Nice and small to tuck away in the flight case, too.
     
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    I have to agree with the polarizer use as they are great and acts simular to a ND filter with some darkness increase and camera should adjust for that with possible improvements. Instead of the UV, what about same size lens cap to easily remove or install quickly and easier.
     
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    Re: Lens Filter Kit: "Unboxing", install and review...

    Just remember not to use the polarizer if you're shooting panoramas that will be stitched - you'll ruin the sky.
     
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    Has anyone located these in the US?
     
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    Been looking. Can't find either
     
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    I've still got my circular polarizer from the days when I used to shoot 35mm film (okay, so that dates me just a bit) and I'm very interested to see how well it behaves on a moving camera.

    When you're using a CPF on a handheld camera you generally "tune" the angle of the filter for each shot depending on the position of the sun, the camera and the direction of focus. That's pretty easy when the sun is (relatively) stationary as is the camera - you just point in the direction you're shooting and twist away on the filter until the reflections disappear. If you were to then turn 90 degrees and shoot another target without re-adjusting the angle of polarization, you lose the filtering effect. You'd also see the sky brighten which is why a CPF won't help a panorama.

    When flying I'm thinking that the best approach is to decide on a primary target and a primary shooting position before you take off, then simulate that angle from the ground and tune the angle of polarization for best effect. It's not going to be as effective for other shooting angles (including changes in vertical angle) but it will have some effect on most shots. We've got yet another skill to learn to get better images but when you get it right a circular polarizer can really make an impact!

    Here's a very nice tutorial on how polarizing filters are used: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/polarizing-filters.htm