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SmallRig Lightweight Matte Box（95mm, Clamp-on）VB2660
SmallRig Lightweight Matte Box（95mm, Clamp-on）VB2660 is a lightweight and compact mattebox for up to 95mm diameter lenses which can hold two 4×5.65″ or 4×4”filters or a combination of both that are loaded from the front and held by a spring loaded latch. It is designed to fit 95mm lenses, and can work with smaller lenses using the adapter rings, which are available in the following diameters: 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm. The top plate features 3 x 1/4”-20 threaded holes on each side and a cold shoe in the middle for camera accessories. Optional carbon fiber Top Flag VA2661 is great for protecting the lens from sun and flares which allows you to fold it down flat to cover the matte box. Besides, you can also choose optional Rod Clamp DSC2663 for 15mm LWS rod mounting system.
Designer: Victor Tang
Optional Adapter Rings: 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm.
1 x Matte Box
Product Dimensions: 228 x 68 x 154mm
Product Weight: 500g
Material(s): Polymer, Aluminum Alloy, Stainless Steel
Having actual lens mattes for different focal lengths that can slide in would be great. Sometimes youre more focused on cutting light than you are adding filters.
A soft, durable cloth cover that attaches over the matte box with a drawstring closure around the lens for storage while still on the camera would be perfect. Help to keep dust to a minimum.More of a modular system would be ideal. A matte box needs to be able to cut light more than just hold filters. Options to put in side and bottom flags and eyebrows is needed. I prefer the idea of just 4x4 filters as they're lighter and less expensive. They need to be close to the lens though. I don't think you need hot shoe and 1/4 mounts, I've never seen anyone mount something to their matte box, plus it adds extra strain on the lens.
The project looks nice.
I want to give my suggestion:
-I thinks that put the filter from the top and not from the front it's easier and better (also from the side, with a binary where insert in).
- This kind of mattebox, probably is designed for small and compact camera that haven't internal nd. So could be interesting to give the possibility to screw in a variable nd before of the two stages.
Finalmente una matte box che mi sembra molto ben costruita. Suggerisco i seguenti punti:
1. il supporto inferiore regolabile lo ritengo indispensabile al fine di non gravare il peso dell'oggetto sull'obiettivo della camera.
2. Prevederei, al limite come opzione, la possibilità di montare bandiere francesi laterali.
3. Eliminerei la possibilità di inserire filtri 4 x 5,6" (troppo costosi ed al di fuori della tipologia di utilizzo a cui il prodotto si riferisce) mentre manterrei la possibilità di inserire i filtri 4 x 4"
4. Ritengo indispensabile prevedere l'interno della mattebox in finitura opaca.
If possible add a high quality variable ND filter just in front of the lens. Add a 77mm ring adapter to that to allow for circular polarizer filter and do away with the 4x4 option.
P.S: Not seen yet - side handles left and right would be great. I am often using handle on top of interconnect (or grab something on top of the box) in combination with the grip at the cage but having handles at the sides I would really appreciate. Also apprriciated as using 2068 - a way to use this as base of the riggingand mount the camera in a balenced way centered (works especially for small and light cameras like my Sony A6500
I already own a Matte Box but would like to evaluate this one, looks really good so far. From what I learned so far using mine:
- It can get really heavy with filters and works like a long lever. I appreciate it is connected to the lens thread and there is an option to even include filters in between for avoiding wobble (also I have a stock of filters available which makes it cheaper compared to 100 x 100). Please make sure there is an adapter that can take a polarisation filter and have a slot opening to ratate that one which is then part of the filter stack
- If not connected to lens thread either another set of rails on top or traverse would do
- For the one I am using I connected cage and box and added a handle on top
- A slot for putting ND filters is mandatory, best allowing at least a combination of 2
What about having a "cage" around a lightweight (soft?) box.
You could use the box on its own - clipped onto the lens or the full matte box - on rods. the cage would hold the flags.
This would give 2 options. lightweight or fully kitted.
a bit of a mix between the Wooden camera Zip Box and regular matte boxes.
The lightweight cage could be automatisable to allow one or 3 flags
Further to my previous suggestion, the filter mount needs to be back close to the lens front face (at the back of the matte box) allowing either provision for a screw-in on small DSLR lenses or ability to mount 4x4 or 4x5.5 filters otherwise it negates the whole idea of using a matte box to keep stray light from hitting the front of the filter or lens element. Having the filter at the front of the matter box like some cheaper boxes doesn't allow you to keep light flare from hitting the filter. Having these filters being rotatable is also good idea for effects and polarisation.