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    Compact, lightweight, screw-on Matte Box.

    I travel often, & need a compact, lightweight, screw-on matte box, or filter holder. I have a Chrosziel 4x5.6 for use when the cam is all dressed up, but need something to use on the AF100 when it's stripped down.

    I have a couple of Lee holders, & love the compendium hoods, but hate that they need to be taped into place to keep from spinning around.

    I'll mostly use grads, mists, & contrast, filters, plus the occasional polarizer, so need two, or three, stage holder. I don't care if I need to buy all new filters, or if they won't last a lifetime, so glass or, resin is fine.

    When traveling I'll mostly be using Canon, Olympus, & Lumix, still lenses with threads ranging between 52mm, & 77mm, but if it covered 82mm that would be great. I also need it to work with lenses as wide-angle as 14mm.

    Cost isn't a concern, but size, & weight are.

    Thanks,
    Bern
    Last edited by Bern Caughey; 03-26-2011, 10:07 AM.

    #2
    Are you trying to eliminate the need for rod and the camera support system and mount a matte box without these?

    Not sure how else you can mount a mattebox to such a disparity of lenses and front elements / thread sizes. I have used soft lens shades that attach to lenses ( all the same size front ends) but they dont take filters at all.

    A matte box that does similar to your existing on eis not going to save you much as a strip down anyway.

    You may be able make a light version of a rail system though.
    I have a small support and C/fibre rod system that mounts to the top handle of my AF102. It would take a light weight matte box ( hung up side down).
    www.shooterfilm.co.nz

    Panasonic AF102

    SONY-FS700R

    RR baseplate , F/F, Shoot35 Cinebox, Panasonic 1700HD Monitors. Adaptimax adapters. Ikan VX7e. Samurai

    Prime Lenses: Nikkors . 20/f2.8, 24/f2.8, 28/f2.8, 35/f2.8, 50/f1.4, 50/f2, Micro 55/f3.5, Micro 60/f2.8, 85/f1.8, 105/f2.5, 135/f2.8, Contax -Zeiss 28/f2.8, 35/f2.8, 50/f1.7, 85/f2.8

    VariPrimes: Nikkor 17-35/f2.8, Nikkor 28-70/f2.8,

    GH2. Olympus 14-54 MkII

    Cartoni , Weaver Heads , Miller legs. Zhuter Slider

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      #3
      http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Matte_Box.html

      Formatt makes a nice unit. You add an inexpensive adapter to your lens, and the matte box clips on.


      Jeff
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      Jeff DePonte
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        #4
        The Genus matteboxes are nice and lightweight. Just get the proper step down ring for your lenses.
        Matt Gottshalk
        Director of Production
        BPI.tv

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          #5
          For ultra-lightweight work without rails and matte box, I generally carry a filter roll containing 77mm screw on filters and a couple of rubber lens hoods, one wide and one for tele lenses. I use 77mm step rings on my lenses giving a uniform front, eliminating the need for multiple size filters.

          All the Best!

          Dave

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            #6
            Thanks to all of your ideas.

            Looks like I'll stick with the Lee grads for those times when nothing else will fit. They're thin & light enough to live in most bags, & I have holders that are threaded in the front for a 105mm polarizer. In worse case scenarios I'll tape the grads directly to the lens.

            For more reasonable conditions I'll be looking at the wide-angle Genus. The Chrosziel is fine on rails, but many of my lenses extend when zoomed, so I could use a matte box that clips-on.

            I usually carry screw-in filters, but mostly for filming with the GH2. I love that camera for B-Roll, especially stills, due to the ability to compose, & capture in 16:9. The 5D2 always comes on gigs, but the GH2 rarely leaves my side.

            Thanks again,
            Bern

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              #7
              Originally posted by Shooter View Post
              I have a small support and C/fibre rod system that mounts to the top handle of my AF102. It would take a light weight matte box ( hung up side down).
              Shooter,

              I'm always interested in small, &/or lightweight, kit.

              A rail system above the lens is interesting as I'd be able to hang the follow focus upside-down, & use my Nikkors without a reversing gear.

              What system are you using?

              Thanks again,
              Bern
              Last edited by Bern Caughey; 03-28-2011, 10:07 AM.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Bern Caughey View Post
                Shooter,

                I'm always interested in small, &/or lightweight, kit.

                A rail system above the lens is interesting as I'd be able to hang the follow focus upside-down, & use my Nikkors without a reversing gear.

                What system are you using?

                Thanks again,
                Bern
                I will do a photo later today but basically its a couple of components I cobbled together because I had them.

                A small camera plate with rod holes ( std 15mm and spacing) plus some carbon fibre rods. Its just an attachment point for us and it aslo works for underslinging the camera.
                www.shooterfilm.co.nz

                Panasonic AF102

                SONY-FS700R

                RR baseplate , F/F, Shoot35 Cinebox, Panasonic 1700HD Monitors. Adaptimax adapters. Ikan VX7e. Samurai

                Prime Lenses: Nikkors . 20/f2.8, 24/f2.8, 28/f2.8, 35/f2.8, 50/f1.4, 50/f2, Micro 55/f3.5, Micro 60/f2.8, 85/f1.8, 105/f2.5, 135/f2.8, Contax -Zeiss 28/f2.8, 35/f2.8, 50/f1.7, 85/f2.8

                VariPrimes: Nikkor 17-35/f2.8, Nikkor 28-70/f2.8,

                GH2. Olympus 14-54 MkII

                Cartoni , Weaver Heads , Miller legs. Zhuter Slider

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                  #9
                  Old thread, I know!

                  Just wondering if anyone has tried out the new Wooden Camera Zip Box rubber matte boxes? I'm looking for something to use with an FS700 & Canon 24-105, so anything on rails is generally awkward as it either vignettes or hits the filters as you zoom in/out. I'll only ever need 1 filter at a time as it's for those instances where the in-built 1/64th ND is not quite enough.

                  Would love to hear any feedback people have regarding the Wooden Camera Zip Box!
                  VIDEO PRODUCER ON THE NSW NORTH COAST, AUSTRALIA
                  Sony FS700 || Shogun Inferno
                  Adobe CC 2018

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Bern Caughey View Post
                    I have a couple of Lee holders, & love the compendium hoods, but hate that they need to be taped into place to keep from spinning around.
                    Lee do a wide angle bellows hood / holder that clamps on, have you tried that? I used one for years in ENG lenses.

                    Steve

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                      #11
                      Like this https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...lterholer.html

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by steve phillipps View Post
                        Only for internal focus video lenses.

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                          #13
                          We use this Matte Box on our Panasonic GH cameras, we don't have a AF100 any longer but it would be perfect for it as well. https://youtu.be/SvHtf9U7TGw

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                            #14
                            You could check out the new Wooden Camera Zip Boxes, hard rubber with 4x4 or 4x5.6 inch filters in various sizes. I fixed the variety of different front lens sizes by adding Matt box screw in rings with a77 filter size and 80mm outside ring for the matte box, to my lenses. I added ARRI / Duclos 80mm caps to protect the lens. Cheers

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                              #15
                              http://www.leefilters.com/index.php/...universal-hood

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