Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

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

Neutral Density GoPro filter - first flights

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Discussion' started by hrosee, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. hrosee

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2014
    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    0
    I picked up a Polar Pro ND filter today.

    Here in Texas as elsewhere the sun is bright and has been causing wash out and seeing the propeller reflections in the video. I had also seen a little jello out of my H3-3D gimbal on one flight.

    I installed it and headed out to fly today. I flew 3 batteries in separate places and facing all directions.

    I rushed home and put the Micro-SD card in the computer and could not believe the video. It is the difference between day and night. I really didn't realize how bad my video had been. This is the best $30 I spent on my Phantom. If you don't have one you need one!

    As a side not I didn't counterbalance the gimbal at all. It doesn't even know the filter is on it. No noises or anything.

    The filter stays on tight but also removes easily.
     
  2. damoncooper

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2014
    Messages:
    747
    Likes Received:
    51
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    Curious if folks do anything other than increase brightness to compensate for the reduced light with an ND filter in video editing software post-production?
     
  3. hrosee

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2014
    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    0
    My looks great as-is. That said I guess when it's not so bright outside I'll take it off.
    I would also like to hear what others do.
     
  4. Damon

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2014
    Messages:
    674
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Eastern Wa.
    I like mine too. Especially when buzzing passed ground in low flight. The blur gives good illusion of speed.
     
  5. Fyod

    Joined:
    May 21, 2014
    Messages:
    684
    Likes Received:
    61
    Location:
    Central EU
    I have not tried an ND filter, although I'd like to.
    So far, I've been shooting in ProTunes and have been able to adjust everything in post production.
    I have a sunshield on the lens at all times for prop shadows and reflections.
     
  6. JDN

    JDN

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2014
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have only flown once with my ND filter installed, but had to do some color balancing of the video in post-production. Need to do some more testing with it, to see if I like it or not but haven't had the opportunity to use it recently.
     
  7. knuckles

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2014
    Messages:
    456
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Arizona
    which ones are the lightest or are they all about the same quality and weight? I have been thinking about getting one since I will be mostly flying in the bright sun of arizona.
     
  8. Fyod

    Joined:
    May 21, 2014
    Messages:
    684
    Likes Received:
    61
    Location:
    Central EU
    Some are plastic, thus lighter, but the PolarPro is glass and I have read great reviews about it.
    I have a glass lens cover with a shield and the gimbal has no problems with it on.
     
  9. Diesel31

    Joined:
    May 20, 2013
    Messages:
    263
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Long Beach, CA
    Although post production can take care of some things, the ND filter will clear up the jello effect that post production can't fix.
     
  10. knuckles

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2014
    Messages:
    456
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Arizona
    Is the general thought that these are safe to use on the gimbal?

    We have all seen posts where people have the gimbal go wacky and not work properly anymore but none caused by adding a filter correct?

    Thanks for the info.
     
  11. HarryT

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2014
    Messages:
    622
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Warrington, UK
    Can anyone recommend a GoPro sunshield? I can't find one on Amazon.
     
  12. d4ddyo

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2014
    Messages:
    889
    Likes Received:
    0
    Search GoPro Lens Hood
     
  13. hrosee

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2014
    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    0
    My gimbal has actual been quieter with the filter on. The gimbal doesn't seem to know it's there. That said when the power is off it does flop forward but it is better balance horizontally than it was. Mine used to flop to the left.

    Only time will tell but it appears to work just fine.
     
  14. gardenroute

    Joined:
    May 16, 2013
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Czech Rep.

    Attached Files:

  15. HarryT

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2014
    Messages:
    622
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Warrington, UK
    Unfortunately that brings up nothing useful on Amazon UK. I'll try on eBay.

    Thanks for the suggestion.
     
  16. HarryT

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2014
    Messages:
    622
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Warrington, UK
    Thank you - I've found this one on eBay and it looks good.
     
  17. knuckles

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2014
    Messages:
    456
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Arizona
    From everything I've read if you use the sun shield you won't be able to use the gopro wide views just medium and one other.

    Is anyone using one with gopro wide view?
     
  18. HarryT

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2014
    Messages:
    622
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Warrington, UK
    That's fine with me. I always have my GoPro set to 1080/50/Medium. I find it gives more natural-looking pictures than the wide-angle views with their fish-eye distortion.
     
  19. d4ddyo

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2014
    Messages:
    889
    Likes Received:
    0
    You use the Venture 3?
     
  20. hrosee

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2014
    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    0