So you’ve bought a Phantom 3 Professional drone for photography. The camera is great, but it can be so much better with a proper lens hood. Let’s take a look at why.The Phantom 3 Professional drone mostly differs from the Standard model because of the camera. The Professional model specifically shoots in 4K. Such high-quality imagery is a huge plus for drone enthusiasts. It also requires a good deal of support. That’s why there is a full industry on marketing camera accessories. These range from polarized lenses to lens hoods and more. Lens hoods are fairly inexpensive attachments that help block direct beams of light from interfering with the shot. As simple as they are, they do require a few considerations. To work properly, they cannot block the camera’s view or any sensors. They also have to fit snug and comfortably to the camera. It is also important that they do not conflict with any other accessories, like a gimbal guard.
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We’re starting off with the 3-D printable ones. TheArchMediaNet lens hood prints to a blueprint that fits right on the camera. It has a large petal on top to block sunlight and four smaller ones for other light sources from the sides and below. It comes along with a white lens cap with a decorative “DJI” impression on the front.
Below is a photo of the 3D Printed Lens Hood attached to the Phantom 3 Professional’s camera:
The only issue is that some claims state that the hood and cap do not quite fit. This may be anomalies in the printing method. It should be taken into consideration before purchasing, though. Another complaint was that the longer, top petal scrapes the ground. If so that could be remedied by launching the drone from a stand.
If you are interested in checking it out, Amazon listsArchMediaNet’s lens hood for $8.99. This purchase comes with the lens cap.
Fusion Imaging’s product is also available as a 3D printable design. It is featured on the Shapeways shop. It is the only lens hood on the list without a petal design. It has a large hood on top that wraps the top half of the lens. The bottom has a very small hood. It is made of nylon plastic and comes in a variety of colors.
Below is a photo of the 3D printed lens hood by Fusion Imaging:
The only problem is that the product description admits the camera may catch the hood in photos. It suggests this only happens when it is not secured properly. The remedy is to take a test photo and adjust the hood as needed before use. This product does not come with any additional accessories.
Those in the market for a highly customizable lens hood may want to check this one out on Shapeways. Aside from a variety of colors, it appears as if it can come with custom text. It is priced at $8.99.
The Gouduoduo is the first product that doesn’t get printed to order. It appears to have 4 large petals that do not bend away from the camera. It is made of high quality plastic and includes a lens cap with a gimbal stabler lock. The Gouduoduo is the least expensive product on the list at $6.39.
Below is a photo of the Gouduoduo lens hood and lens cap:
The Gouduoduo does come with a few issues. There are reports that the gimbal stabler lock may not fit. In such a case, the product description suggests taking a knife to it. It also absolutely does not accommodate any filters whatsoever. The low price point for both a lens hood and a lens cap may be worth it though.
For those interested in the best price, you can check out the Gouduoduo product on Amazon.
Neewer’s lens hood has a design that differs slightly from the Gouduoduo. In particular, the petals turn away from the camera to lessen a chance of vignette. It is made of high quality plastic and comes with a lens cap as well. The cap also works as a gimbal stabilizer.
Below is a photo of the Newer Lens Hood, cap and gimbal stabilizer:
There are reports that the lens hood may scrape the ground during the Phantom 3’s self-check. As with others, it may be necessary to elevate the drone at launch when using this lens hood. It also does not accommodate any lens filters. Aside from the customizable lens hood by Fusion Imaging, the Neewer hood is easily the most stylish.
Those interested in sleek design may want to check out Neewer’s Amazon listing. It sells for $8.99.
It is a good bet to assume no lens hood will accommodate filters. The specifications have to be exact in order to ensure a tight fit. Drone pilots will most likely have to choose between using filters or lens hoods.
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