Simensays RetroHouse™ T-model, 37mm Filter Adaptor

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Simensays RetroHouse™ T-model w/filter adaptor

Screw your 37mm ND filter to this protective housing, that replaces the stock tilt/pitch tray of the Tarot T-2D brushless gimbal. Perfectly balanced housing, with integrated precise sensor compartment with press-on cover. Adding a ND filter (Neutral Denisity filter) is s great way to reduce jello or striping while using a GoPro in daytime conditions. Design updated, WiFi button now accessible while mounted. Be aware not to use WiFi while flying, to avoid signal interference.

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The GoPro is mounted from the front, and held in place by the front plate and secured with a velcro band. I use one sided velcro. USB cable for FPV is can be used as with stock Tarot tray. 37mm filter can be boyght for $5 dollars & upwards, from most camera stores, or on eBay.


  • Total weight: 21g (incl hardware & velcro, excl filter)=
  • Stock Tarot parts replaced weighs 22g
  • 37mm filter, not included
  • Screw not included, stock Tarot screw can be used
  • Velcro band: 14mm wide, 15cm long, not included.
  • Super simple installation
  • Perfectly balanced
  • Updated design, WiFi button now accessible

  • For more pictures, info and updates on latest design concept, check out


    IN: 2.793 w x 2.722 d x 2.141 h
    CM: 7.094 w x 6.914 d x 5.438 h


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    @Rotorocious I believe they are suppose to be identical, part from the dampening & mounting parts. What axis do you have issues with balancing? The shaking sounds like a software issue, not a physical one. I'll do my best to help you out, but it is easier to communicate via email:
    May 30, 2014, 5:31 pm
    I've got this installed and I think there are some differences between the tarot gimbals. I think I have v2 of the tarot gimbal which makes it slightly unbalanced. I believe the tilt motor shaft on the v2 is slightly longer. Did you have to change any settings on the tarot software? I'm having a bear of a time getting it to balance and stop shaking.
    May 30, 2014, 4:08 pm
    @Twaffa Thanks! Send me a PM, and I'll help you out with what you want.
    May 2, 2014, 2:05 pm
    @simensays, first off, awesome stuff. I'll be picking up landing gear and a Retrohouse T Model shortly. Does this version include the full housing correct? Not simply the front plate? If so, is there any way I can purchase only the front plate? I'd like to have both the standard Retrohouse T-Model and also be able to put on an ND filter if needed. Is this something I can purchase separately?
    May 2, 2014, 2:01 pm
    @jparchib They (the gimbal manufacturers) will probably soon copy my work, as they have done for some time already. The point is that the performance of a design is the key element. I always strive to make my designs modular, and to serve a purpose, or preferably more than just one - so as to be a true upgrade over stock parts available. I do not use that Tarot cable, and from the looks of it, the price of using it (performance wise) is too high for the benefit of not having to change a battery on the camera. The cable looks heavy, and for a small frame like the Phantom, weight is essential to keep low. Let keep this discussion over at RCgroups, not here...
    April 16, 2014, 11:32 pm
    @simensays Believe me, when you try not to change batteries, you don't want to go back. You just forget the camera and fly. On a 64 gb card, you can shoot 4h30 in 1080p. Enough for a full day. At the end of the day I end the card to the client. The price for the batteries have nothing to do. It is just not practical to have a lot of gopro batteries to manage in addition to the lipo batteries. I don't understand why you say that a pro can't use the tarot gimbal. I have the zenmuse on my phantom, and I have similar results with any of them. I am not criticizing your design, I think it's great and cimbal manufacturers shuld implement something like that!
    April 16, 2014, 10:58 pm
    @jparchib A professional would probably not use a Tarot T-2D, or be put of by byuing an extra set of GoPro batteries from eBay for $25. That is what I payed for 3 high capacity GoPro batts. Your SD card will get filled up before your batts run out if you shoot for "pro" work with a GoPro. The option to easily mount filters is one of the key features of the RetroHouse. Another is the quick release mounting that needs no tools, and of course the full protective housing for your camera.
    April 16, 2014, 10:43 pm
    @simensays Hum... it is still quicker to not have to change the battery at all! you still need to unwrap the velcro, unplug the cables, remove the camera, change the battery, remount the camera. Without counting the fact that you need to have a lot of gopro batteries on hand or a way to charge them. I usually go far away with my drone shooting for a client for 5 to 8 hours straight, in differents locations, not having to change the gopro battery is essential to me. I though that the number one feature of your design was the integrated filter mount. At least this is the feature that got me interested. It would be perfect for me if I could still use my Tarot cable ;-)
    April 16, 2014, 10:18 pm
    @jparchib Yeah, but with the RetroHouse™ removing the camera is done in 2 seconds, so there is not valid reason for wanting to charge the GoPro while flying, as this also complicates things in several ways. With stock set up on the Zenmuse or Tarot the matter differs, but you have to contact DJI or Tarot for that :)
    April 16, 2014, 8:42 pm
    Try this link: Charging is great since you never have to remove the camera from the gimbal to change batteries. Since the battery last for about an hour in a GP3, not having to change it can be a great releive.
    April 16, 2014, 4:55 pm
    @jparchib Your link doesn't seem to work, so I'm can't tell what cable you are thinking of. The T-2D balance/movement is affected by the cables attached, so the less cables the better. I use my Fatshark FPV cable with the T-2D and RetroHouse™ & 37mm ND filter, which works great, but it cannot charge the GP, and I don't see any need for it.
    April 16, 2014, 3:19 pm
    Hi, could you modify it in order to still be able to use the Tarot FPV cable? The tarot cable is nice because it screws on the side of the original tray so you just have to "slide the camera on the tray to connect it. On the cable allow to charge the battery so you don't have to change it. I don't know how you coud alter your design to support it but it would be nice and I would definitly buy it.
    April 16, 2014, 3:06 pm
    @ardentinny Yes, the laser sintered nylon (named Strong & Flexible here on Shapeways) is very strong, and also very lightweight. A rubberised material would weight much more, and would not be optimal for gimbal use. I have done testing with various filter types, all 37mm sized though, and get no vignetting. Naturally the filter needs to be screwed in all the way. As it seems to be several people wanting to access the WiFi button while mounted, I have taken your input and updated the design to accommodate this. I've attached a photo. THanks for your input!
    October 15, 2013, 3:11 pm
    Received my t-model today thanks. I had expected a type of rubberised material, but hopefully this stuff will be strong. I would agree with tombkk that a hole for the wifi button is needed. Sure I can do this myself, just a bit of hassle that's all. Have added a UV filter, but note so far that I'm getting top slight vignetting due to filter not being fully seated (960 setting). As it's already very tight, I'm going to have try and screw it further with a wrench. Anyway, looking forward to trying it out on my quad and hopefully better protection for the Hero3.
    October 14, 2013, 11:27 am
    @tombkk I appreciate the feedback! This is a deliberate design feature (closing off the WiFi button). As you can see on the inside, there is a notch to clear the button also. This is to prevent any accidental triggering of the WiFi function, which can interfere with the onboard electronics. I have a non gimbal purpose housing also, to be used on helmets etc, which has the hole for the WiFi. I can of course very easily open the hole in the design, if people have a need for this. I made a low profile micro USB plug, which is easy to remove, this is advised for even the stock Tarot tilt trey, as it is little from there (which is need to keep the gimbal balked correctly). Drilling out the hole should be a easy job, as the position is marked on the inside.
    October 10, 2013, 1:27 pm
    @simensays Uh.. reason that WiFi access is needed is to enable vid/photo viewing and file transfer via WiFi/GoPro App after flights. One may ask why not just remove GH3 from the housing to access the button. This is not possible without unplugging the AV connector, which is rather difficult due to narrow gap between the connector and the tilt motor/gimbal arm. So it's neccessary to pull out the housing from the tilt motor shaft first to allow enough clearance. This is rather inconvenient. The WiFi button openning may not be needed after all ..if the AV connector has lower profile, for example completely removing the connector shell.
    October 10, 2013, 2:06 am
    @simensays Noticed that the RetroHouse does not have an openning to access the GH3's WiFi button. Have to precisely drill a 6-7 mm. dia. hole to access it. It would be nice to modify your design for this.
    October 10, 2013, 12:15 am
    @tombkk Good to hear!
    October 9, 2013, 3:44 pm
    @simensays Very happy with the GH3 RetroHouse received today. I put a UV lens protect filter, while ND4 filter (to start with) is on order. Looking forward to receiving remaining parts (Foldable Landing Gear & Add-on Big Kit) soon.
    October 9, 2013, 12:43 pm
    @tombkk I bought three cheap 37mm ND filter to test out, from eBay. The set included N2, N4 & N8. They cost less than 415, so hardly the best filters, but they suffice. The higher the number, the darker the filter, so this is an individual call, based on amour of light present, GoPro setting, type of result etc.
    October 7, 2013, 5:27 pm
    @simensays : What is your recommended ND filter type (e.g. ND3, ND8) for typical aerial photo/video taking via the GH3 and the RetroHouse?
    October 7, 2013, 8:43 am


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