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Freewell Gear ND Filters For Mavic 2 Pro | When & Why To Use Them

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Just like every other drone that DJI has released, Freewell gear has made some nice ND filter kits for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. Now theoretically due to the Mavic 2 Pro having a variable aperture, ND filters may not be needed when you are trying to follow the 180-degree rule and have that slight bit of motion blur on objects with motion. Now let me explain for those who are not quite sure what ND filters do and what the 180-degree rule is.

The 180-degree rule for cinematography states that you should set the cameras shutter speed to double that of the frame rate in which you are filming. For example, if you are filming at 30 FPS you should set your shutter speed to 60 (1/60th second). If you’re filming at 60 FPS then you should set your shutter speed at 120 (1/120th second). Following this rule give a slight amount of motion blur that is pleasing to the eye and brain.

Now there can be a problem when following this rule. On most consumer drones the aperture is fixed and when you set the appropriate shutter speed the image can be overexposed. To correct this you would add an ND filter over the lens which is essentially a pair of sunglasses that cuts back the amount of light that can enter. Now with the Mavic 2 Pro, we have the ability to adjust our aperture, this will also cut back the light that hits the sensor. This again, in theory, eliminates the need for ND filters…or does it? Even with the variable aperture, there are those times that you would still want to use ND filters. Many agree on the Mavic 2 Pro to achieve the best image quality and clarity its best to keep your aperture between f/2.8 and f/5. At this aperture, you would still need to use ND filters on bright sunny days. As well there have been instances when I have set the aperture to f/11 and the image was still overexposed, thus requiring an ND filter.

I have been using Freewell Gear ND filters for many years for my GoPro and various drones I own. I have always been very pleased with the quality and durability and not to mention their very competitive pricing. They offer a variety of filter sets for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro including a standard day 4 pack that includes an ND4, ND8, ND16, and a stand-alone polarizing filter. They also have a bright day 4 pack that also feature built-in polarizers to each ND filter. The pack contains the following an ND8/PL, ND16/PL, ND32/PL, and an ND64/PL. You can also purchase both sets in one package called the “All Day Pack”. For those who like to do long exposure photography with their Mavic 2 Pro, they even sell an ND1000 and ND2000 filter. The Freewell gear ND filters are similar in size and weight to the stock lens cover and does not affect the gimbal performance. You can also attach the gimbal cover when the ND filters are installed, no need to remove them for transport.

You can watch our YouTube review video to see these Freewell ND filters in action.

Standard Day M2P ND Filters: https://amzn.to/2Iwwcqu
Bright Day 4 Pack ND Filters: https://amzn.to/2IAdU89

 

 


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DJI Mavic 2 Dual Remote Firmware Update | How To Setup Crystal Sky and Smart Controller

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A few days back DJI released a new firmware update (v01.00.0400) for both the Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Pro. This firmware update fixed a few minor issues but added a long sought after feature and that is dual remote support. As of the filming of my YouTube video and writing this article it is only available for iOS devices and has yet to be updated for Android. This is a problem for many as both the DJI Smart Controller and Crystal Sky both run on Android. In my YouTube video, I show you how you can still go ahead and set up a dual remote system with your Crystal Sky and Smart Controller. I walk through the steps of how to bind a secondary controller to your Mavic 2 and talk about how it all works.

Now some may wonder why you would want two remotes for you Mavic 2 and I can think of two good reasons. First off, you can have a second pilot control the camera movements. You as a pilot can control how the drone is flying and its movements and the second pilot can control the camera moves, this can help create really dynamic and cinematic shots. The second reason and which is why I am really happy about the update, I primarily fly with my Smart Controller, however, sometimes I like to fly with my 7.8″ Crystal Sky for its larger screen and 2000 nits of brightness. In the past, this meant rebinding my original Mavic 2 controller every time, then rebinding the Smart Controller when finished. This was time-consuming and a little aggravating. Now with the new dual remote update, I can keep both remotes bound at all times and choose which controller to fly with.

Now a few things to keep in mind, your secondary controller can do most tasks just like the primary remote however it does have some limitations. You cannot adjust the settings in the menu, that has to be done on the primary controller. If a second pilot is flying with the secondary controller any inputs from the primary controller sticks will override the secondary controller. The secondary controller does have full accesses to all camera controls and settings.

Watch our video on how to set up dual remotes for you Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom including Android devices such as crystal sky and the Smart Controller.

DJI Smart Controller: http://bit.ly/2FViHlU
DJI Crystal Sky: http://bit.ly/2RYu9CX
DJI Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom: http://bit.ly/2PVuaDU
PolarPro Flight Deck: https://amzn.to/2L9ssk3

 


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PolarPro Gimbal Lock For DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom

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With the launch of the original Mavic Pro and then followed by the launch of the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom there has been a consistent dislike of the stock gimbal and camera cover that comes with them. Most complaints are due to the brittle build of the cover and that it can break easily. Others complain that it is to difficult to install and worst yet it seems to come loose while the drone is in transit. With the launch of the Mavic 2 series, there were even reports of the gimbal guard scratching the body of the camera.

A few weeks back PolarPro released a new gimbal lock in two variations, one for the Mavic 2 Pro and one for the Mavic 2 Zoom. Curious about the product I ordered one in so I could test it out. I purchased the version for the Mavic 2 Zoom from Amazon and it arrived promptly the next day. It’s a nice simple design and like most PolarPro accessories it has a nice rubberized build and seems to be made of good quality materials. The gimbal lock also has a soft material fastened on the inside to prevent scratching and scuffs which is a really nice touch. The included installation instructions were easy to follow and the gimbal lock attached quite easily, much easier than the stock gimbal lock/cover.

When attached it has a very snug fit, perhaps a little too snug? I am not sure but I definitely would not want it any tighter. It locks on tight and provides secure protection to the gimbal and camera, you definitely do not have to worry about this one coming off while transporting the drone. All in all a nice product for your Mavic 2 drone, the price is a little steep at $25 but I guess its cheaper than having to replace a damaged camera and gimbal. You can watch our YouTube video where we take a closer look at the PolarPro gimbal guard for the DJI Mavic 2.

Gimbal Lock for Mavic 2 Pro: https://amzn.to/2IgYV4O
Gimbal Lock for Mavic 2 Zoom: https://amzn.to/2I2OkuI

 

 


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