Camera Filters

Discussion in 'Spark Discussions' started by Adza 68, Oct 31, 2017.

  1. Adza 68

    Adza 68 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2017
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    1
    I have seen sets of 3,4, or 6 camera filters on Ebay etc. Does anyone use any filters, if so what filters are you using? I am thinking maybe a polarising as I have on my own camera but not sure if others are worthwhile.
    Adrian
     
  2. Londroner

    Londroner Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2017
    Messages:
    58
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    Surrey, UK
    ND filters are your best bet if you're doing filming. They usually come in sets of 3 or 6. I use PolarPro on my Mavic and hope to get their Spark ND filters as they seem to fit better than some others. However, they aren't cheap.
     
  3. Adza 68

    Adza 68 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2017
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    1
    Yes just saw a good review of these on YouTube and they look like good quality for the money. Have read that many of the cheaper copy ones can be too heavy and therefore not function properly.
    https://www.amazon.com/PolarPro-Spark-Filters-Cinema-Shutter-Collection/dp/B074TG83YF/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1505633467&sr=8-1&keywords=polar+pro+spark&linkCode=sl1&tag=estacio0f-20&linkId=ee74c563d2412a06842f050b84615dea
    Think ND def way to go.
     
  4. Zoran

    Zoran Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2017
    Messages:
    144
    Likes Received:
    54
    I use the Polar Pro cinema series on my Spark...love em! They fit really well and do make a difference to smoothen/soften the video image.
     
    Adza 68 likes this.
  5. Adza 68

    Adza 68 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2017
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    1
    Thanks, I definitely think I will go with these.
     
    Zoran likes this.
  6. Londroner

    Londroner Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2017
    Messages:
    58
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    Surrey, UK
    ND filters shouldn't affect image quality at all. Their sole function is to reduce the amount of light entering the lens. This leads to lower shutter speeds, which in turn cause slight image blur in moving objects - the much-desired 'cinematic' effect.
     
  7. Zoran

    Zoran Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2017
    Messages:
    144
    Likes Received:
    54
    That's what I meant...it smoothens out the image, it's nothing to do with image quality...
     
    Londroner likes this.
  8. antnyp85

    antnyp85 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2017
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    New Jersey, USA
    I have quite a “noob” question then. If my primary purpose for using the Spark is photography then I shouldn’t waste money on the PolarPro filters I was going to buy? I have them for my Phantom 4, which I use quite often whether it’s for videos or photography.
     
  9. Sparky92

    Sparky92 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2017
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    25
    Correct, you won't need them.
     
    antnyp85 likes this.
  10. antnyp85

    antnyp85 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2017
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    New Jersey, USA
    Ok thank you. My main thing I enjoy doing is photography. Haven't gotten into cinematography as much... I would love to eventually, but it hasn't been my forte. I will eventually try and get better at that too. I'll probably end up buying some filters then lol.
     
  11. jdascanio

    jdascanio New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2018
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Does price matter when buying fillters for the camera?
     
  12. msinger

    msinger Well-Known Member
    Approved Vendor

    Joined:
    May 27, 2017
    Messages:
    2,002
    Likes Received:
    708
    Location:
    Harrisburg, PA (US)
    Price is certainly important, but you really want to go with quality when choosing a filter. If you buy the cheapest filters you can find (ignoring quality & reviews), you could end up spending more money in the long run if you need to buy several brands to find one that works well.
     
  13. suprPHREAK

    suprPHREAK Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2017
    Messages:
    440
    Likes Received:
    201
    A polarizer filter is your friend for still photos, especially landscapes.

    I'm using the PolarPro, (the cheaper set) and am satisfied.
     
    antnyp85 likes this.
  14. antnyp85

    antnyp85 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2017
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    New Jersey, USA
    Awesome, thanks :) I ended up purchasing the Polar Pro Cinema Series, which comes with ND4/PL, ND8/PL, ND16/PL, ND8, ND16, and ND32. Due to the crappy NJ weather, combined with me actually being an adult and having to work lol, I haven't had much of a chance to use my Spark much. Definitely have had some fun with it when I've had the opportunity to use it. I know I need to work on my post processing skills and using the right filter, but hey, we all have to start somewhere :) Here's a pic I took one day on my way home. I found this nice little park next to the highway and thought it was a good spot to take a quick shot.

    I wasn't going to spend money on filters initially since I have them for my Phantom 4, but now that I have the Spark, I catch myself using it more than the P4 due to its portability, so figured I'd get the filters for it, too. I take my P4 when I pre-plan on using the drone.

    2.JPG
     
    #14 antnyp85, Apr 29, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2018
    Chippy147 likes this.
  15. desert spark

    desert spark Member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2018
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Bullhead City, Arizona
    Nice picture!
    Any filters involved??
     
  16. desert spark

    desert spark Member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2018
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Bullhead City, Arizona
  17. antnyp85

    antnyp85 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2017
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    New Jersey, USA
    Thank you! :) Yes, I used my Polar Pro ND8. I probably should have used a stronger one. Then used Adobe Photoshop. As white as the picture looks, it was a lot whiter and had a washed out look to it before I worked on it.
     
  18. JSPerry

    JSPerry New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2018
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    1
    antnyp85 likes this.