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LowePro DroneGuard BP 250 Review | My 2018 Summer Adventuring Kit

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So about this time of year we start to plan and book some of our summer excursions and at the same time I like to get my drone/camera gear ready for our summer adventuring. This year I wanted to change the backpack I was using to something better suited to what I need. I had been using the GoPro Seeker, it’s an excellent backpack but was no longer meeting my needs. What I didn’t like about it was the fact that most of your gear had to be stored in the main cavity, it’s quite deep and hard to access the gear that is stored in the bottom. I found myself having to empty everything to find what I was looking for. I’ll still use it for short hikes and maybe family day-trips to the zoo or beach when I wont have a lot of gear to bring.

So after researching many camera/drone backpacks I decided to go with the Lowepro DroneGuard BP 250. Its better suited for me and my gear. When the main cavity is opened, all you gear is in full view and easily accessible. The interior is fully customizable and can be configured to accommodate a variety of drones, GoPro and camera gear. The Lowepro DroneGuard BP 250 looks to be well-built and is extremely comfortable to wear which is important especially on those day long hiking trips.

LowePro DroneGuard BP 250: http://amzn.to/2F9XkgE

Here is our YouTube video as we go over the backpack in detail, do a quick review and show you what drone / GoPro gear I will be packing for this years summer adventuring.


Here is a list of some of the drone, GoPro and 360 camera gear I will be packing in this backpack.

Mavic Air: https://goo.gl/t74LaQ
Polar Pro Mavic Air ND Filters: http://amzn.to/2oFCPy3
Mavic Air Tablet Mount: http://amzn.to/2FbldBn
GoPro Hero 6: http://amzn.to/2GZcxh8
GoPro Hero 6 ND Filters: http://amzn.to/2F9Hm1T
GoPro Hero 6 Macro Lens: http://amzn.to/2FNXYgY
GoPro Fusion: http://amzn.to/2CWhc0P
GoPro Shorty: http://amzn.to/2FP0xQ1
GoPro Dual Charger: http://amzn.to/2F8vi0V
Rylo 360 Camera: http://amzn.to/2CXxLJF
FeiyuTech G5 Gimbal: http://amzn.to/2FRTiXy
GoPro Floating Handle: http://amzn.to/2oHI1l9
RavPower USB-C Power Bank: http://amzn.to/2FO5wAg
Joby GorillaPod: http://amzn.to/2Fn66Yd
Manfrotto Extension Pole: http://amzn.to/2oHiMPK

The main cavity is fully configurable to accommodate a wide variety of drone and camera gear.

 

Has a removable pouch, perfect for storing small parts, cables and spare propellers.

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Mavic Air ND Filters by Freewell Gear | What Are Drone ND Filters

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In this video we are taking a look at Freewell Gear’s ND filters for the DJI Mavic Air. If your new to drone cinematography you might be wondering what an ND filter is and why you would use them. ND stands for neutral density and in simplest terms it is just like a pair of sunglasses for your drone’s camera. There is a lot of confusion on what exactly an ND filter does, so let me clear it up a bit. An ND filter allows you to set the correct shutter speed on your drone’s camera to get the perfect amount of motion blur. There is a rule when trying to capture cinematic footage with your drone (180 Degree Rule). Basically the rule is that you want your shutter speed double what your frame rate is. For example if you are filming at 30 fps you would want your shutter speed at 60 (1/60th second). If you’re filming at 60 fps then you would want your shutter speed at 120 (1/120th second). This will give the perfect amount of motion blur that the eye and brain are comfortable with.

The problem with setting these low shutter speeds is that it lets in a lot of light and makes the video over exposed and blown out. This is where an ND Filter comes in (sunglasses). They allow you to set a low shutter speed and still have correct exposure.

Freewell gear sells ND filters for all the most popular drones including the DJI Spark, Mavic Air, Mavic Pro, Phantom Series and even your GoPro and Karma Drone. I have used the Freewell gear ND filters for several years for my GoPro and many drones and have always been pleased with the products. When it comes to ND filters they come in several levels ND4, ND8, ND16, ND32, ND64. They even have an ND 1000 for those times when you want to take long exposure photos with your DJI Mavic Air.

They also sell versions of their ND filters that are polarized. Setting polarization within the filter really helps cut out glare from water and can really make for a cleaner image, it also helps make the sky a little deeper blue. With Polarized ND filters they can only be used 90 degrees from the sun. The sun can not be in front or behind your drone. This does make lining up shots a little more difficult. If you just want quick and easy filters I would stick with ones that are not polarized.

Watch our video where I show ND filter installation instructions and a demonstration how ND filers work with the DJI Mavic Air.

ND Filters Standard Day Set: https://amzn.to/2yENG2D
ND Filters Bright Day Set: https://amzn.to/2tr9fPd
ND Filters All Day Set: https://amzn.to/2yFPkRJ

Mavic Air (DJI Website) https://goo.gl/t74LaQ
Mavic Air (Amazon) http://amzn.to/2EccQaM

 

 

Here are some screen caps from the test video. You can see side with no ND filter has no motion blur. This is okay for photos but undesirable for video. The side with the ND 4 filter installed has nice motion blur.

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Review Of FreeWell Gear Mavic Air Cases

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In this video review we take a look at two cases provided to us by Freewell gear for the DJI Mavic Air. One is a soft case and one is a hard style case. Watch our video review.

Hard Case (USA) https://amzn.to/2qWUba3
Hard Case (CAN) https://amzn.to/2Jii2sq

Soft Case (USA) https://amzn.to/2qVQ8Lh
Soft Case (CAN) https://amzn.to/2FaXP5g

 

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