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A while back I found a web site called 3DLens.com (I am not associated) which sells polarizing film out of Taiwan. There are a few different sizes and types which are dirt cheap, so I figured I would give it a shot. The site has a minimum order of $10, so I ordered an assortment of films to try. You can see in the picture Left hand polarized, Right hand polarized, Circular polarized, and Circular polarized with UV cut.

These are 50mm x 50mm sheets which I estimate I can get 4 lenses out of given the Mavic camera size. The gimbal diameter on the Mavic is 20mm, so I drew out a pattern of 20mm diameter and four tabs each of about 5 mm. The tabs bend back at 90 degrees and are fastened against the camera using a very high tech pony tail holder from my wife. I'm sure a rubber band would work, too.

I took the Mavic up today and grabbed a few shots to see if they are worth the effort, and I must say the results so far are quite nice. The Left Hand polarized film hardly yielded any results so I did not upload those pics, but the circular UV cut polarizing film made a dramatic difference. Photos are attached.

Maybe this is something someone else would like to try. I'm not bashing any other filter manufacturers, but I am not going to use these professionally or that often, so I went the less expensive route. Maybe someone else can find value from this as well or even think of a better idea of how to fasten them to the gimbal.

Films.jpg Gimbal.jpg

No Filter
None-Harbor.JPG None-Ocean.JPG

Circular with UV cut
CPUV-Harbor.JPG CPUV-Ocean.JPG
 
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Interesting... How thick are the films?

Here are the specs:
Size: 50mm x 50mm
Type: high contrast circular polarizer
Transmittance: single(42%) ; parallel(35%) ; crossed(0.5%)
Color: neutral gray circular polarizer
Polarizing efficiency: 99.98%
Retardation film: 125nm
UV-Cut: Yes
Thickness: 0.28mm
Durability: 60°C / 90%RH / 500Hours circular polarizer test passed
Adhesive glue: No
Protective film: both sides (please remove the protective films before using circular polarizer)
Application: Circular 3D glasses, 3D projector, circular camera filter, photography, reflective and transflective LCD, OELD, Touch panel and more...
 
Now you should experiment with camera color styles(such as ART, D-Log, D-Cinelike, None, ect).
 
A while back I found a web site called 3DLens.com (I am not associated) which sells polarizing film out of Taiwan. There are a few different sizes and types which are dirt cheap, so I figured I would give it a shot. The site has a minimum order of $10, so I ordered an assortment of films to try. You can see in the picture Left hand polarized, Right hand polarized, Circular polarized, and Circular polarized with UV cut.

These are 50mm x 50mm sheets which I estimate I can get 4 lenses out of given the Mavic camera size. The gimbal diameter on the Mavic is 20mm, so I drew out a pattern of 20mm diameter and four tabs each of about 5 mm. The tabs bend back at 90 degrees and are fastened against the camera using a very high tech pony tail holder from my wife. I'm sure a rubber band would work, too.

I took the Mavic up today and grabbed a few shots to see if they are worth the effort, and I must say the results so far are quite nice. The Left Hand polarized film hardly yielded any results so I did not upload those pics, but the circular UV cut polarizing film made a dramatic difference. Photos are attached.

Maybe this is something someone else would like to try. I'm not bashing any other filter manufacturers, but I am not going to use these professionally or that often, so I went the less expensive route. Maybe someone else can find value from this as well or even think of a better idea of how to fasten them to the gimbal.

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No Filter
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Circular with UV cut
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Nice work! I've got the PolarPro filters with polarization. Hoping those are awesome. Testing in a week or so.
 
A while back I found a web site called 3DLens.com (I am not associated) which sells polarizing film out of Taiwan. There are a few different sizes and types which are dirt cheap, so I figured I would give it a shot. The site has a minimum order of $10, so I ordered an assortment of films to try. You can see in the picture Left hand polarized, Right hand polarized, Circular polarized, and Circular polarized with UV cut.

These are 50mm x 50mm sheets which I estimate I can get 4 lenses out of given the Mavic camera size. The gimbal diameter on the Mavic is 20mm, so I drew out a pattern of 20mm diameter and four tabs each of about 5 mm. The tabs bend back at 90 degrees and are fastened against the camera using a very high tech pony tail holder from my wife. I'm sure a rubber band would work, too.

I took the Mavic up today and grabbed a few shots to see if they are worth the effort, and I must say the results so far are quite nice. The Left Hand polarized film hardly yielded any results so I did not upload those pics, but the circular UV cut polarizing film made a dramatic difference.]

This is a great tip! Thanks for sharing, as I only have the Taco's ND i will try to do a circular pol filter as you did for my next fly fishing trip.
 
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