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Which is the best ND Filter kit?
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mk1one
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Hello I am looking to buy an ND Filter kit, I would like to know which ones are good and which are not so good. There are so many to choose from.
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/322347 ... =STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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TACO RC ND FILTER KIT
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DroneFlying
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I also vote for the Tacos for these reasons:

  • Very light but not overly fragile.
  • They come in single- and multi-coated, offer a wide range (UV - ND64), and in various different-sized sets.
  • Not excessively tight / difficult to apply and remove.
  • Affordable.

Unfortunately, Taco doesn't currently offer any polarized filters for the Mavic, though they've been saying for a while now that they soon will. If that's important to you then you'll probably want to look at the Polar Pros.


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Gagaryn
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I bought the PGYTech set. Gimbal calibrates without issues. I just bought 4, 8, 16  and 32 ND - didn't bother with UV or CPL as I don't see the point in either. My set was cheap - just over £30 and seem really good quality.

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Like Gagaryn I bought the PGYTech set . Good value for the money. Very pleased.
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I was originally going to get the polar pros but they are almost impossible to get off once one so I went with the taco rcs
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DroneFlying Posted at 2017-3-24 03:40
I also vote for the Tacos for these reasons:

^^^What he said! Taco-RC!!!!!
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DJI Filters designed for the Mavic.  Why use anything else?
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Schata
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Never go for the PolarPro filters.

They are pain to take off. It feels like killing the gimbal when taking them off.
They are aware of this problem. Seems like dji uses different camera sizes, so not all filters fit. They send me another set for free but it is exactly the same pain.


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BengalBoy Posted at 2017-3-24 09:10
DJI Filters designed for the Mavic.  Why use anything else?

The ones from DJI are very thin and crack very easily after 1-2 uses. From what all the reviews are saying.
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Canes76 Posted at 2017-3-24 08:39
^^^What he said! Taco-RC!!!!!

+1 works a treat
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Taco works for me.
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I've been researching filters for awhile, and I think the feedback on this thread has been pretty accurate.  Frankly, I don't think you can go wrong with any of the suggestions.

The PGYTech are inexpensive, functional, come with a nice protective case but take some time to receive since they are shipped from China.
The Taco are highly popular, a bit more expensive, come with a nice protective case, but no polarization (yet).  The Taco are only lighter than the PolarPro polarized filters.  Comparing ND to ND between the Taco and PP are roughly the same weight (which is still very nominal).  I'm guessing the PP PL/ND filters have extra glass to achieve ND + PL and adding a little more weight.
The Polar Pro also come with a protective case, although a different style case than the PGYTech and Taco, and are yet again just a little more expensive.  As mentioned, there have been some complaints that the PP may be difficult to remove due to (according to PP) a slightly larger camera body diameter.  There is a known user modification as a solution.  One point I've heard repeatedly about Polar Pro is a very high level of customer service.  This last point is relevant.

Regarding the necessity for polarizing filters.  It is true that they may not have much merit since filtering out polarized light requires adjusting to the light source.  But PL can also provide more saturation of color regardless of light source.  Some prefer to enhance color saturation through the lens instead of in post.  

I am waiting on an order from PolarPro, but think any ND solution would be a reasonable choice......
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Masdog Posted at 2017-3-24 10:04
The ones from DJI are very thin and crack very easily after 1-2 uses. From what all the reviews are saying.

Well, I find mine to be very well made and are specifically designed to "snap" onto the Mavic lens.  Agreed, they are so very tiny and fragile in the sense that any piece of glass this thin has to be handled with care.  But, because the Mavic camera itself is tiny and fragile, I believe the snap design makes it less likely you can damage it when installing and removing the filter.
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Here's pgy cpl untouched http://bit.ly/2n1hDig

Not too impressed with the nd filters at 50 and 60 shutter, have to run a bit higher or it maybe the pgy nd filters. It's the only set I have, so can't compare. The uv works to keep the same weight on the gimbal without messing with the light. The small metal case that pgy use is probably the best out.

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You can see though, this is the nd16 they sent. It has a defect in the lens, couldn't even use it.
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Schata Posted at 2017-3-24 09:27
Never go for the PolarPro filters.

They are pain to take off. It feels like killing the gimbal when taking them off.

We have been seeing about 2-3% of the Mavic cameras are coming off the line at 0.15mm larger than normal ones, we have developed a custom filter for these pilots. So if you purchased ours, please reach out we would be happy to replace them for you!
customerservice@polarprofilters.com

-Jeff from PolarPro
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geofox784 Posted at 2017-3-24 07:57
I was originally going to get the polar pros but they are almost impossible to get off once one so I went with the taco rcs

We have been seeing about 2-3% of the Mavic cameras are coming off the line at 0.15mm larger than normal ones, we have developed a custom filter for these pilots. So if you purchased ours, please reach out we would be happy to replace them for you!
customerservice@polarprofilters.com

-Jeff from PolarPro
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PolarPro Posted at 2017-3-25 10:53
We have been seeing about 2-3% of the Mavic cameras are coming off the line at 0.15mm larger than normal ones, we have developed a custom filter for these pilots. So if you purchased ours, please reach out we would be happy to replace them for you!



I bought the polarpro 3 pack on bestbuy but they wouldn't let the gimbal start up properly. And they are also hard to take off and I got my mavic maybe a month or so after launch
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PolarPro Posted at 2017-3-25 10:53
We have been seeing about 2-3% of the Mavic cameras are coming off the line at 0.15mm larger than normal ones, we have developed a custom filter for these pilots. So if you purchased ours, please reach out we would be happy to replace them for you!

Hi Jeff,

I already got a replacement and am now again in touch with Scott, because the replacement is exactly the same. There is absolutely no difference compared to the first set.
But the filters work very well. THe optical quality is amazing. Just the mechanical site disqualifies. Maybe the replacement I got is the same as first ones by mistake. But now I have the ND16 filter sitting on the Mavic and cannot remove it. Tried it already for at least 20 min and gave up.


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I too had serious problems removing my PolarPro filters and Scott at PolarPro even offered me a set. However, I found a solution to the problem.

Surrounding the camera there is a split brass(?) ring. This ring was not properly placed. It protruded maybe 0.1-0.2 mm, just enough to make the filters stuck.
I managed to press this ring in place with some parallel jaw pliers and now the filters are a pleasure to install and remove.

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Schata Posted at 2017-3-26 00:29
Hi Jeff,

I already got a replacement and am now again in touch with Scott, because the replacement is exactly the same. There is absolutely no difference compared to the first set.

Shoot me an email personally,

I will take care of it:
Jeff.Overall@polarprofilters.com

The custom ones have not arrived to us just yet, so the one you received was not that,

Jeff from PolarPro
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PolarPro Posted at 2017-3-26 11:40
Shoot me an email personally,

I will take care of it:

Hi Jeff,

Thanks. Email is sent.

Alex
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