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Hero5 Black - Venture Filter 3-Pack by Polar Pro vs. Hero5 Black ND Filter 4-PACK by Freewell | Why?

Hi, I was planning to buy either of the two items mentioned above but I'm stuck with which one to choose. Can someone please help me out? Thaanks!


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Re: Hero5 Black - Venture Filter 3-Pack by Polar Pro vs. Hero5 Black ND Filter 4-PACK by Freewell |

In most forums that I've seen this discussion SanMark and PolarPro are the highest recommendation. When looking at the reviews on amazon there are a lot of negative complaints about the Polar Pro Venture but I don't know if this has been resolved or not. The Polar Pro Cinema Series are considered the best.

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Re: Hero5 Black - Venture Filter 3-Pack by Polar Pro vs. Hero5 Black ND Filter 4-PACK by Freewell |

In most forums that I've seen this discussion SanMark and PolarPro are the highest recommendation. When looking at the reviews on amazon there are a lot of negative complaints about the Polar Pro Venture but I don't know if this has been resolved or not. The Polar Pro Cinema Series are considered the best.
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Re: Hero5 Black - Venture Filter 3-Pack by Polar Pro vs. Hero5 Black ND Filter 4-PACK by Freewell |

Thanks danielr15!

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Re: Hero5 Black - Venture Filter 3-Pack by Polar Pro vs. Hero5 Black ND Filter 4-PACK by Freewell |

Hi @gjv, I made a comparison video with Hero 5 Black and PolarPro Venture Filter 3-pack during my trip in Barcelona last week. I hope this helps.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pL7Mt0Zj6NI

 

 

 

GoPro Hero 5 with Polar Pro Venture Filter 3-Pack (includes Polarizer, Neutral Density, and Graduated ND8 filter), also compatible with GoPro Hero 6 Black and GoPro Hero 2018. Unedited footage (2.7 K, 50 FPS, FOV: Linear, Color: GoPro, WB: Auto, ISO: 400, Shutter: Auto, EV Comp: 0, SHARP: Medium ...
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Re: Hero5 Black - Venture Filter 3-Pack by Polar Pro vs. Hero5 Black ND Filter 4-PACK by Freewell |

Very nice, the nd8 and graduated nd8 are most pleasing to my eyes, if I could just use one it would be the graduated nd8.

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Re: Hero5 Black - Venture Filter 3-Pack by Polar Pro vs. Hero5 Black ND Filter 4-PACK by Freewell |

I too have read super negative stuff about the Polar Pro option @gjv, but who knows if it's true or if the problems have been fixed?

 

Two other options for the Hero5: these guys at Peau Productions make glass filters that sound pretty professional.  My only experience with them is recently replacing the stock Hero5 lens with this one (that's glass, has a narrower field of view and no fish eye) - seems like pretty great quality so far, but it's only been a few days.

 

Another option is to use a simple adapter from ebay that allows 52mm filters, then you can use cheap but good filters, including ND, variable neutral density, and graduated neutral density filters which can make a remarkable difference in your footage.  Also, of course once you have those threads, you can use a circular polarizer allowing you to dial in exactly the angle you want for your shot which the fixed poliarizers don't allow.

 

Good luck and let us know how you make out please,

 

Hamish

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Re: Hero5 Black - Venture Filter 3-Pack by Polar Pro vs. Hero5 Black ND Filter 4-PACK by Freewell |

I'm sure this will help. Thank you @maik733!

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Re: Hero5 Black - Venture Filter 3-Pack by Polar Pro vs. Hero5 Black ND Filter 4-PACK by Freewell |

Thanks a ton, Hamish! I'll sure will :)