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PolarPro DJI Mavic Air Leg Extensions / Landing Gear

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In this video we take a closer look at the PolarPro DJI Mavic Air Leg Extensions / Landing Gear. Some of DJI small folding drones are fantastic in the fact that they are very portable and take up very little room in a camera bag, however this can also create a problem. In trying to keep the Mavic Air’s footprint as small as possible there tends to be very little clearance between the ground and the camera and gimbal. This can cause problems when trying to take off / land is grass, gravel and sand. When the gimbal calibrates before take off it moves all around. If the camera happens to hit some gravel it could potential scratch the camera lens. Sand and debris can get into the gimbal motors and cause problems as well. Lets not forget grass getting wrapped around the motors and propellers.

Polar Pro makes a nice landing gear extension kit for the DJI Mavic Air. Installation is easy and they raise the Mavic Air by 1.35 inches. During my test flights I found that there was no difference in flight performance or battery use as these extensions weigh almost nothing and have a very small profile.

Mavic Air Landing Gear http://amzn.to/2Fo4wls

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

Watch our YouTube video for installation instructions and a quick demonstration in grass.

 


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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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