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FAQ - Why use Neutral Density (ND) filter on a drone

Here you can find some answers to some common questions.

What version is this compatible with?

My Phantom 3 kits are compatible with all versions of the DJI Phantom 3. That includes the Professional, Advanced and Standard and 4K. It is also compatible with the Phantom 4. I also offer an adapter ring for the Phantom 4 Pro.

Do you have plans to support more models?

At this time we just have versions for the Phantom 3 & 4 series.

Will these kits work with the Phantom 2?

No. The Phantom 2 has a different sized camera.

Will benefits do Neutral Density (ND) filters have on a drone?

#1 - Benefit is to remove the props from the video. It does this by letting in less light which makes the shutter speed longer. Once the shutter speed is longer the props no longer show up in the video because they are moving so fast.

#2 Benefit is to create a more cinematic look of the video. My having a shutter speed that is double the frame rate is the best way to do this. This creates nice motion blur in the foreground.

Do you have an example video of the filters in use?

Here is a video below that shows the differences. Please view on YouTube in 4K for the best results.

How do I adjust the settings in the DJI app to get the best results?

Although this video is a little outdated it should help.


Where are the products made?

These are made in my custom-built factory, in my basement, in Chicago, IL, USA.

 Are the filters plastic or glass?

They are plastic and are made from Lee photographic filters. I switched to Lee filters because the quality is better, they are a little thicker and easier to handle and also are less sensitive to static electricity.

They were previously made from Rosco cinegel

Can I use the ND filters  and Polarizing filters at the same time?

Yes. You can stack them and use them at the same time. You MUST place the polarizing filter closest to the camera and the ND filter on the outside or you will get really strange effects.

Is there chromatic aberration?

Chromatic aberration is caused primarily when the visible spectrum of light passes through a prism or a lens. Due to the different frequencies of light some colors will be angled more than others. The result is a fringing on the outside of the image where you can notice the light frequencies (colors) not in perfect alignment. Because this is a neutral filter and no magnification like a lens there is no noticeable chromatic aberration caused by using these filters.