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Official Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom Case From DJI | Durable, Waterproof and Impact Resistant

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For the most part, when transporting my GoPro and drone gear I prefer to use a backpack, I do a lot of hiking and exploring and I just find it more convenient. However, there are those times when you need a little more protection and a case that is waterproof. Usually, about this time of year, my girlfriend and I start to plan next summers excursions and trips. We need vacation time booked off of work and this year one of our excursions is going to be a weeklong canoe trip here in Ontario. We will be canoeing, camping and hiking our way along the river and of course, I want to bring my Mavic 2 Pro to capture some nice footage. Due to the nature of the trip, I will need a case that can protect my Mavic 2 Pro from water, mud and all the elements that it could be facing such as rain and even taking a plunge in the river if we happen to tip.

I have researched many waterproof hard cases for the Mavic 2 Pro and decided to go with the Official case that DJI sells for the Mavic 2 series. I thought the layout and size of the case is perfect for what I needed. We have limited room in the canoe for gear so I didn’t want a case that was too bulky but could still hold all the gear I need and this case fit the bill perfectly. The case has a nice finish that looks very professional and is rated for impacts and drops from 1 meter and has a waterproof rating of IP67. This should provide me with an ample amount of protection and keep it safe no matter what situation may arise. This case is a little pricey at 118 US dollars but as long as it keeps my Mavic 2 Pro dry in an emergency it will be well worth it.

Official Mavic 2 Case: http://bit.ly/2FL5Y6c

 


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DJI Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom Foldable Landing Gear | PolarPro Versus CamKix, Which One Is The Better Buy?

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In this video, we are doing a comparison of two popular foldable landing gear sets for the DJI Mavic 2 Series one from PolarPro and one from CamKix. These retractable folding landing gear extensions allow you to get some extra height from you drone when sitting on the ground before takeoff or landing. They help in keeping the props and gimbal/cameras out of grass, gravel, and debris. These landing gear sets both fold up and retract allowing you to still fold up you Mavic 2 drone without having to remove the landing gear when you pack it away.

There is quite a price difference between the two sets, the PolarPro set comes in at $29 and the CamKix set comes in at $13 and it is quite apparent in the build quality. The “PolarPro Retract” landing gear is made of a nice rubberized plastic while the CamKix Mavic 2 landing gear seems to be made of cheaper plastic, it looks and feels cheap when holding them. The PolarPro landing gear set just really seem to have a more premium feel to them.

CamKix Mavic 2 Foldable Landing Gear

I first tested the CamKix landing gear set and one thing I noticed right away is that there were no installation instructions or diagrams, not a big issue though as I was able to figure it out pretty quickly. They went on easily and felt secure when installed. They give the drone about an extra 3/4 inch lift when installed. I noticed when installed, the Mavic 2’s natural slope was gone. The landing gear made the drone almost level and not have a slight angle like it normally does when getting ready to take off from the ground. I am not sure if this could affect the flight, I did not have any issues during a test flight but it could possibly mess up calibration at some point, however that is just a guess. I tested the folding feature and noticed that the Mavic 2 arms would not fold in as easily as they normally would and there was some contact of the landing gear against the Mavic 2 body. This contact was leaving some marks on the Mavic 2 and over time I am sure would leave quite a few scratches. All in all, I was not terribly impressed with the way the Mavic 2 drone folded up with the CamKix landing gear installed.

PolarPro Retract Foldable Landing Gear for Mavic 2

Next, I tested out the PolarPro foldable landing gear for the Mavic 2 series and right away I was impressed by the detailed instructions that came with the unit, not only did it offer easy to follow instructions the landing gear itself had markings so you knew which side of the aircraft it should attach to. They installed easily and felt secure when attached. When folding up the drone I was quite happy with the way the arms of the drone. The landing gear has soft rubber on the straps and this will not damage the aircraft, unlike the CamKix version. When installed, the Mavic 2 gets approximately an extra 1 1/2 inches of extra clearance and retains its natural sloped profile when taking off.

My preferred Landing Gear for Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom

After taking all things into consideration I feel the Polar Pro landing gear set for the Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom is the better choice. You get higher clearance, the drone maintains its natural slope, it folds up nicer and the landing gear will not cause any cosmetic damage to you Mavic 2 when folding it up for storage.

PolarPro Landing Gear (USA) https://amzn.to/2RjOt1W
PolarPro Landing Gear (CAN) https://amzn.to/2M6Vrl0

CamKix Landing Gear (USA) https://amzn.to/2VN9aSO
CamKix Landing Gear (CAN) https://amzn.to/2H6KnWh

 

 

Packaging for the PolarPro Retract folding landing gear system for the DJI Mavic 2 Series.

 

Packaging for the CamKix folding landing gear for DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom.

 

Comparing the PolarPro and Camkix foldable landing gear for the DJI Mavic 2.

 

PolarPro Retract landing gear system in folded position.

 

PolarPro Retract landing gear system front view when installed on a DJI Mavic 2.

 

PolarPro Retract landing gear system front leg installed.

 

PolarPro Retract landing gear system side view when installed on a DJI Mavic 2.

 

CamKix foldable landing gear system side view when installed on a DJI Mavic 2.

 

CamKix foldable landing gear system front view when installed on a DJI Mavic 2.

 

CamKix foldable landing gear system for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom.

 

PolarPro Retract folding landing gear for the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom.

 


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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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