Basic but Expandable
The microMatteBox Standard Bundle is a great base kit to get started using a matte box. It comes with everything you need to help control light and flare using a matte box and filters, and can be upgraded later with the microMatteBox Flag Kit, additional filter stages, or a 19mm swing-away arm.
Rubber donuts provide a flexible method of fitting your 35mm lenses or camera to the microMatteBox to prevent light leaks. The microMatteBox is also compatible with the Arri K2.65028.0 – MB-20 Bellows Adapter.
- This microMatteBox Bundle requires 15mm rod support system for attaching to your system. See Related Items below
- Filters are not included, but are offered as an add-on accessory. See Related Items below
- height adjustment +/- 10mm
Camera, lens, and third party accessories pictured are not included with this product
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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