- Aug 27, 2018
While waiting for my Mavic 2 Pro to show up I went out and started buying everything that I suspected I would need for it. The last of my kit arrived today, the 6pc @Skyreat ND filter pack. I am no pro so I’m going to give Short review of my impressions as commoner...
I picked up the Mavic 2 Pro, Fly More kit and RE goggles. I’ve grown accustomed to using my iPad Pro 9.7 so I also bought the @Skyreat tablet mount and cable. I also picked up an Anker Powerline+ cable for my S6 as a backup in the event I am in a situation that is not feasible to set up the iPad.
The Anker PL+ Is a nice cable. Had I thought about it more however, I would’ve got one at a 90° angle at the phone... once it is all mounted up in the controller, the wire sticking out is a bit of a comfort hindrance.
This is the improved version with the alloy locking nut. I was concerned about reviews of similiar products with tablets flopping around and the locking nut cracking so I spent a couple bucks more and got this one. It is rocksolid. It moves when I want it to move and stays put otherwise. I also needed the lanyard so this one came with it. It is what I would call a medium-duty grade nylon that is not padded so take it for what it is. Two or three flights at a time it does not bother my skin however I have read reviews from others that they found it irritating. While it does cover the screen of the controller, it is very well-balanced. As you can see from the photo, I can set it down on a table and it does not topple over. That’s pretty important to me while I’m flying as the weight is very well-balanced in my hands. Your mileage may vary. It folds up nicely and comes in a small pouch. Very satisfied.
Since I’m using an iPad Pro I also needed a longer cable so I picked up this one also from @Skyreat. Since I bought their tablet holder I figured why not buy their cable as well. I have a tendency to try to stick with a single brand for the most part unless there’s a compelling reason not to. It clicks into both devices nicely and as you can see from the photos I routed it to stay out of my way. No complaints.
I haven’t used them yet however my initial impressions are positive. Came in a useable case and fit the camera nicely. The footprint is identical to the factory cover. It locks on nicely with the same amount of resistance as the original. Forgive if I get this wrong, they appear to be vertically polarized in that they will remove reflection off of water and other horizontal surfaces but will not remove glare or reflection from windows or anything vertical—took them outside and tested them against the windows of my house and against a puddle of standing water. I have Polar Pro ND-CPL on my Phantom 4 and have no complaints. As I mentioned earlier, I just try to keep it all the same brand unless there’s a compelling reason not to.
EDIT: The filters are slightly wider than the original thus the gimbal cover requires a little bit of stretching to snap on. It does however, make the filters a bit easier to remove and install since you have something to grip. Be advised if you opt to force the cover on, it is even more difficult to remove. I’m going to examine it a little more closely to see if there’s any modification that can be made to the gimbal cover to work more easily with the filters installed.
Anyhow, I will get it in the air tomorrow with the new filters and see how they do and report back.