The Only Matte box you’ll Ever Need.
The Redrock microMatteBox is the original industry-leading matte box for independent productions and owner/operators, and continues to be used by thousands of filmmakers in countless productions worldwide.
Whether you are shooting with a DSLR or the latest digital cinema camera with a cinema zoom lens, the microMatteBox is up to the task.
This professional-grade matte box gives you control over your light, enhancing your image with its expandable filter stage system, and control over your future by providing a uniquely modular system that is compatible with virtually any camera and lens for years to come.
Control the Light
The matte box shade controls the light that enters your lens. It prevents unwanted light from hitting your lens, which can introduce unwanted and distracting flares to your image. The full-size lens shade and removable matte maximizes light protection, but also works with lenses as wide as 20mm (on 35mm full frame equivalent).
The microMatteBox has the ability to further extend and control this protection with a top flag, side flags, and even a bottom flag. Flags give you extended control over what light comes in contact with the lens.
Enhance the Image
The filter stages enable you to enhance or modify the light to control exposure, add creative effects, or improve the overall image that often is not possible in post-production. The microMatteBox enables you to use industry standard filters in as few or as many at one time as you wish. Use ND filters to cut down the light and open the lens aperture for more cinematic selective focus. Rotating stages enable a polarizer filter to dial in just the right amount of blue sky, or precisely align a graduated ND with the horizon.
The microMatteBox comes in both a single and double stage configuration. All stages contain a 360 degree rotating filter tray, and the microMatteBox has the ability to add as many additional stages as required by your shooting style.
Protect Your Lenses
Your lenses are one of the most important investments you will make, and the microMatteBox can help you protect them. With its large high-impact ABS shade and all-aluminum construction, protects your lenses from unwanted dust, dings, or unexpected falls.
Control Your Future
With a truly universal design, the microMatteBox is the only mattebox you will ever need. It can work with virtually every camera on the planet – from DSLR to Arri Alexa – and everything in between. Whether you are upgrading your camera body, or renting one for a special project, you can use your microMatteBox with confidence.
The large rear lens opening supports lenses with a front element up to 138mm in diameter, so even the largest cinema zooms are covered. Even the filter trays can support the most popular filter sizes and give you the coverage you need.
Features & Benefits
- Professional grade full size cinema-style mattebox
- Swing-away design for fast lens changes
- All stages rotate 360 degrees
- 4”x 5.65” filter trays with filter locks included
- Support arm for 15mm lightweight, or 19mm/15mm studio offset (see tech specs for model specifics)
- Add additional stages in one stage increments
- Adjustable metal Flag & sidewings
- Neoprene donuts ensure a tight light leak-free connection with your lens without slowing down lens lenses
- Compatible with Arri bellows and 138mm rotating stage
- All lightweight aluminum alloy construction, High impact ABS lens shade
- Any model can be upgraded with stages, flags/sidewings, and support arm
- Original design & construction
- Made in USA, lifetime warranty
The microMatteBox is constructed of aircraft grade aluminium, and features an Impact Resistant ABS shade and lens connector to keep the system as light-weight as possible.
The microMatteBox Standard Bundle includes:
- microMatteBox wide format shade
- 15mm lightweight (60mm) swing-away arm (rods and baseplate not included)
- 2 universal 360 degree rotating filter stages
- large 138mm diameter opening for large lens support
- 2 dual-purpose filter trays, supporting 4x4 and 4x5.65” filter sizes
- ability to add additional stages in 1 stage increments
- support for 5.65" square filters with optional larger filter trays (available separately)
- 1 wide screen removable matte
- 4 neoprene donuts to fit lenses of varying diameters (diameter of openings 51mm, 64mm, 76mm, 102mm - additional sizes can be cut from supplied donuts)
- video tutorials for mattebox configuration and use
weight 2 lb 14 oz (with two filter stages and trays)
microMatteBox Buying Guide
Why do I need a matte box?
A matte box performs three critical functions: managing light, enhancing image, and protecting the lens.
The matte box shade controls the light that enters your lens. It prevents unwanted light from hitting your lens, which can introduce unwanted and distracting flares to your image. The microMatteBox has the ability to further extend and manipulate this protection with a top flag, side flags, and a bottom flag.
The filter stages enable you to enhance or modify the light to control exposure, add creative effects, or improve the overall image. The microMatteBox enables you to use industry standard filters in as few or as many at one time as you wish.
The matte box is a sturdy solid accessory that sits on the front of your lens, and protects your lenses from unwanted dust, dings, or falls where your lens may get damaged.
And finally, although it’s not a critical function, the look and style of a matte box on your camera gives your crew and actors the feeling and confidence of ‘real cinema production’.
Which matte box is right for me?
The majority of cameras today are best served by the microMatteBox Deluxe Bundle, which is an economical full-featured matte box including top and side flags. The matte box mounting arm uses standard 15mm lightweight (60mm spacing).
If you are looking for a more economical solution, consider the microMatteBox Standard Bundle (the same as the Deluxe bundle, but you can add the flag and sidewings later), or the microMatteBox single stage standard bundle (a single stage solution).
If you are using larger cinema lenses that require 19mm or 15mm offset studio-style support, look at the microMatteBox 19mm/15mm studio bundle, with a special arm for use with the larger rail and plate systems.
No matter which you start with, you can always add or remove accessories to create any version of mattebox from any other one.
Why do I need flags?
Flags and side wings give you additional control over what light comes in contact with the lens. A top flag is a crucial tool when shooting outside to block the sun from hitting the lens. Any light that hits the lens will bounce around inside of the lens and cause both image artifacts and unpleasant color shifts. The microMatteBox eliminates these effects when outfitted with the large top flag and side wings.
What are the benefits of a swing-away matte box?
A swing-away design allows the mattebox to be easily moved away from the lens (‘swing away’) to make lens changes. This is more important when using prime lenses, as the lenses are more often changed. Once the new lens is in place, the mattebox swings back into place, maintaining the usefulness of the matte box without slowing down production.
When would I use more then one filter?
Filters allow you to precisely control the final image by manipulating the image in ways not possible in post-production. In outdoor environments, using Neutral Density (ND) filters allow the lens to open up and create a shallower, more cinematic depth of field. Graduated ND filters can help cut down on sky exposure for a more even and pleasant overall exposure.
The ability to use multiple filters at once means you don’t have to compromise on choosing just one filter. For example, while shooting an outdoor pool scene one may use a Circular Polarizer, 1.2 ND Filter, .9 Graduated ND, and even a glimmer glass to compliment the overall feel of the sequence.
Why do I need rotating filter stages?
Many filters are designed to be rotated to achieve their desired effect: polarizers are rotated until they darken the sky. Graduated ND filters need to be rotated to align with the horizon. All filter stages in the microMatteBox are rotating.
Why would I want 5.65 Square Filters?
5.65 Square filters are another standard filter size among professional shooters, primarily for use with the largest cinema lenses. The larger filters also allow for more adjustment and options when it comes to controlling your image with things like graduated ND filters. The microMatteBox has built-in support for 5.65” square filters, you just need to pick up the optional 5.65” square filter tray.
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