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Professional Tight Stock ND Filter

Discussion in 'Phantom 3 Help' started by videcom, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. videcom

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    Hi Guys, First post for me. I'm having trouble removing the standard ND filter so I can fit a Taco ND replacement. Its very tight, I have tried putting tape round it to give my fingers some grip, didn't work. I then resorted to a set of grips which have now marked the cap. That also didn't work. If I Squeeze any harder I'm afraid I will cause more damage. Anybody had this problem ?
     
  2. Sprague

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    I just went through this. After searching through the site I found the trick was to actually not use a lot of pressure and hold it by the very front edge when you go to unscrew it. I also tried the rubber band trick and that seem to work.
     
  3. videcom

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    Thanks for your reply Sprague, My Taco filter set just arrived this morning so will be having another try later today. Will let you know how I get on.
     
  4. Sprague

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    Great, hope it works! I struggled with mine for at least half an hour and then when I almost gave it a "Zen" approach it did as other's suggested and very easily screwed off. Good luck!
     
  5. Sprague

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    To add to your frustration I should mention that with any of the filters whether it's polar pro or Taco the difference in your image is remarkable!
     
  6. videcom

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    Well after struggling all day without any joy I had to get drastic. I had to put two saw cuts in the end of the cap and the put a scissor blade in the slots to turn it, even then it was tight. I could feel the threads biting as it came off. I could see a slight angle to the cap as it came off, I suspect it was put on cross threaded. Luckily the fine thread that came out was off the cap not he camera. Thanks for your replies (even the last one :D).
     

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  7. Sprague

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    Amazing to hear that it was cross threaded! I don't think I've read that anywhere else before. Well at least you're now frustration free! Have you had a chance to shoot any footage with the filters yet?
     
  8. videcom

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    Plan to fly at the weekend, we have had a few wet days here in Yorkshire. Can't wait !.
     
  9. Sprague

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    Good luck! I'd love to see your footage from Yorkshire, I live in New England but my heart is over there!
     
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    Cheers Sprague, will try to upload something next week.
     
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    I bought a set from phantomfilters.com but have yet to fit them hopefully it won't be as problematic! The weather does look good in Yorkshire the next few days so I hope to get mine out for its first flight!
     
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    My polar pro phantom 3 filters arrived today. I thought I'd see how the stock filter comes off and it was very very easy. Hardly used any pressure to unscrew it.
     
  13. videcom

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    Hi MrG, good luck, will be my first flight also. Hope we both manage to stay in one piece . Greetings Sandstorm, glad you didn't have any problems .
     
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    Hey MrG Just wondering what video settings you are using as you are a UK PAL man. I have tried 4K down to 1080p in Edius8 software and 1080p@50fps set in P3P. The later seems to play better and to be honest doesn't look much different.
     
  15. MrG

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    Hi! As of yet I've not done any video footage but I'll be sure to let you know! I feel this could be a lot of trial and error!