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Mavic 2 Pro - An exceptional drone for pro photographers

I recently sold my Phantom 4 Drone kit and replaced it with a Mavic 2 Pro. My main bird is an Inspire 2 with three lenses and the Mavic is a back-up and also for travel.

Route 15 Crossing the Potomac River. Processed in Capture One 12 with the Southbound Style “Independence.”

Route 15 Crossing the Potomac River. Processed in Capture One 12 with the Southbound Style “Independence.”


I’ve shot three tests with it so far and overall I am very pleased with the drone and especially the lens.

Route 15 crossing the Potomac River. Processed in C1 with the Southbound Ankor Watt style.

Route 15 crossing the Potomac River. Processed in C1 with the Southbound Ankor Watt style.

I use Capture One from Phase One as my RAW converter. Version 12 of C1. Phase has not created a profile for the Mavic, so I use Generic and it works fine. There is a bit of distortion with the new drone, especially noticeable when including a horizon in the frame. I correct for the distortion with the C1 distortion control set to 90%. It does a good job, although you do loose a bit of the frame.




Eastern Shore of Maryland. Distortion correction plus Southbound preset “Moab”

Eastern Shore of Maryland. Distortion correction plus Southbound preset “Moab”


The DNG files are pretty sharp and C1 seems to be a good match for them. I often use custom and purchased styles with files in order to emulate certain film stocks or looks. From Phase One I use their Latitude and Southbound presets and from 1Styles.Pro I use their portrait and film emulation styles.

Flooded road on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Processed in Capture One 12 with the “Southbound” style set.

Flooded road on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Processed in Capture One 12 with the “Southbound” style set.

So far, it has been a dependable little bird. I shot a small part of an assignment last week with it. Shot ninety per-cent of the shoot with the Inspire 2 and 24m lens. One shot required was in a tight roadway with a lot of equipment and people. I chose the Mavic 2 Pro for this shot because I needed to be quiet and not draw attention to the drone. The extra angle of view helped a great deal.

Overall, I am very pleased with this piece of my aerial kit. The Inspire 2 won’t replace the Hughes 500D as my choice of aerial platforms and the Mavic will not push the Inspire 2 into retirement. However, it is so small and lightweight. It is perfect for travel and just keeping in your vehicle in case you need to get an elevated view.

It will fit in just about any camera bag. I favor ThinkTank Bags (I was an original tester for their first Airport Security bag) and think the Retrospective or Signature Bags are perfect for Mavic drones. You can get free shipping and a goodie from ThinkTank by using this link: Think Tank

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