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    DIY Mattebox with flag and side wings
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    After finishing a spot with a lot of wide shots in the beach and in bright sun I decided I needed a mattebox. I looked at it's functions and features and thought I could make one.

    So I went to the mall bought a Plastic food container for about $4.

    The label says its suitable for microwave and dishwasher use.

    Also bought thin metal sheets, cut out the flag, side wings and their hinges.

    I cut a hole on the center of the food container, riveted the hinges.

    Then i took a modular cokin lens hood and also riveted it to the back for shading the lens and adding stability and rigidness to the food container.

    I then painted it matte black.

    Added additional reinforcements by riveting angular aluminum to bottom part of the cokin hood and also to the food container to serve as a bracket to connect to the rail block.





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    Heres the finished mattebox, I had a simple solution for my filters.

    On the front i made holder that fastens with velcros. I simply "sandwich" the filter in this holder. The filter can be in any orientation inside the holder.

    This is shown on the front shot.

    The side wings are adjustable. The extension flap is riveted and is held in place by a metal and rubber washer.

    Below shows the DIY Mattebox attached to JVC HD200 in front of my DIY 35 lens adapter and DIY support rods.



    NOTE: FOR THOSE JUST OPENING THIS THREAD, NEW SLEEKER VERSION 2 WITH ROTATING FILTER HOLDER IS ALREADY POSTED ON PAGE 7 ON DEC. 6. TO JUMP TO PAGE CLICK THIS: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread...=140312&page=7

    Updated this to show this version at post #60


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    Last edited by Ted Ramasola; 02-19-2011 at 08:33 AM.


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    Updated first post and consolidated the variations.
    Last edited by Ted Ramasola; 02-19-2011 at 08:33 AM.


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    That's a great looking mattebox! Congratulations, I really like the look of it. Does it work as you intended it to? How would you mount this if you weren't using a 35mm and rails?

    Do you have printouts of the flag, sides and hinges? I think I may want to try this myself.

    Again, congratulations.

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    Nice Job Tedd...
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    pop rivets are a beautiful thing!!!! great job


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    Ted you are one clever and innovative bastadge! Damn that is friggin awesome!


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    Teddybear, you are one sick man. My diy this, my diy that. it all looks fantastic. very nice job.


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    Thanks for the kind words guys.

    Kegan,

    I'll post the flag, hinges and wings outlines so you guys can give it a go.

    I'll also put a diagram on the brackets that reinforce it. Just gimme a couple of hours.

    I first thought that since the back is a modular hood from cokin that it can clip on a cokin filter holder directly to the lens filter thread but i deviated from that path since it might add pressure on my lens which is mounted to my lens adapter. Second, my wide lenses would vignette if its not moved closer to the hole of the mattebox.

    Ted


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    Heres the outlines of the flags, wings and hinge.





    heres a close up shot of the bracket support.




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    Thanks for posting that brother. Very helpful!


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