Leading Taiwanese optics and photo/video accessory manufacturer, STC, has revealed a brand-new series of specialist filters for professional and enthusiast aerial photographers and videographers. Say hello to the all-new STC Professional Optical Glass Filters for the DJI Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine.
DJI Mavic 3 Series
Since the launch of the DJI Mavic 3 series in the autumn of 2022, photographers, filmmakers and content creators have flocked to capitalise on the progressive and high-quality features that the drone has delivered to the market.
The Hasselblad camera and colour science have been designed specifically for the Mavic 3 series, along with its M43 sensor camera and telephoto camera, which offer 10-bit colour, variable aperture, 4K/60fps, burst shooting and much more. All of this brings a new level of creative potential with composition and professional-level image capture from the standard and Cine models.
STC Professional Filter Series for DJI Mavic 3
In order to produce exceptional results from the DJI Mavic 3, STC has developed a series of dedicated optical glass filters that take aerial image-making to new heights.
Designed by professional aerial photographers and with more than 1,960 kilometres and 14,000 minutes during development, the new filter series has been founded on STC’s leading professional optical glass and manufactured with STC’s multi-layer nano-coating standards. Filters include CPL, UV, ND8, ND16, ND32, ND64, and ND8PL. All are available individually or in collections to offer great value and convenience.
Three Professional Filter Collections for DJI Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine and it’s compatible with Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine, NOT with Classic and Pro models.
1. UV+CPL+ND8+ND16+ND32+ND64, 6 pcs collection
2. ND8 CPL, 1 individual piece
3. UV+CPL+ND8+ND16+ND32+ND64+ND8 CPL, 7 pcs collection
STC Mavic 3 Filters: Key Features
High-quality Japanese AGC professional optical glass
5.1K high-resolution shooting supported
Multi-layer nano coating with waterproof, anti-smudge and anti-reflection, non-scratch, anti-reflection and anti-static coatings
STC’s original lightweight aluminium buckle design is tough and quick to disassemble
Why Shoot with Filters?
The primary reason for using ND Filters in aerial photography/videography is to achieve the correct exposure for your shot and to generate motion blur.
Motion blur is important in videography as the human eye and brain always experience motion in real life. With today’s super-high frame rates, it’s important to apply the 180-degree rule to add motion blur and ND filters are the perfect tool for this. The 180-degree rule describes the relationship between shutter speed and frame rate when shooting motion. Essentially, this means that your shutter speed should be set to double your frame rate. In simple terms, ‘cinematic shutter speeds’ are the standard by which shutter speed is set at double the user’s frame rate, or as close as possible.
This rule also applies to stills photography and can be exaggerated to produce incredible results in adding the effect of motion to scenes with running water, moving clouds, vehicles and much more.
Of course, rules are made to be broken, so this can be applied in various ways to achieve unique aesthetics in creative image-making.
Polarising Filters provide anti-reflective superpowers in videography and still photography. STC’s perfect polarising partners will kill reflections from glass, water, metallic and other surfaces. This effect is also extremely useful in the growing photogrammetry market, where photographers and videographers map objects to create ‘digital twins’ for game development and virtual film production.
STC’s premium polarising filters will give the very best results for these purposes, producing perfectly muted images and footage, which will give the best results when rendering for future use of the asset.
William Wu, CEO and lead design engineer, STC, said: “We are pleased to announce the STC Professional Filter Series for the DJI Mavic 3 range. With so many entry-level, plastic products in the market, we have produced a professional-grade product with our high-quality glass and leading coating materials to complement the capability of the exceptional Mavic drones. The results of which, speak for themselves.”