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MATTE BOX

MATTE BOX 

MATTE BOXES

In order to have a fluid and more comfortable shooting for the camera crew, It is essential to choose a matte box that perfectly matches with the camera configuration allowing a fast lens change.

Depending on the kind of lens, the front diameter, the support or inclusive the camera configuration, It is more convenient choosing one ...

MATTE BOXES

In order to have a fluid and more comfortable shooting for the camera crew, It is essential to choose a matte box that perfectly matches with the camera configuration allowing a fast lens change.

Depending on the kind of lens, the front diameter, the support or inclusive the camera configuration, It is more convenient choosing one type of matte box over another.

There are different types of matte boxes. Lightweight and for studio shootings.

Lightweight matte boxes - LMB4 , LMB 25, LMB 4x5 and Bright Tangerine Misfit

These matte boxes have a clamp on system. It helps to maintain the volume and a low weight. They are very useful for cranes and  stabilizers.

They use to come with security loops in the bottom and side keys to ensure the filters.

Studio matte boxes - SMB-1, SMB-2, MB-18, MB-19  MB 20 II

The new designs are ergonomic and ease to use, matching perfectly with all lenses. Among other developments, the new studio matte boxes have a robust tilting module to eliminate reflexes and a dual stages system.

Stages size 

4 x 4” Stages for lenses with a frontal diameter up to 80 mm.

4 x 5,6” Stages  for lenses with a frontal diameter between 95 mm and 114 mm.

6 x 6” Stages for lenses with a frontal diameter of 136 and 143 mm.

Mounting type

15mm rods - For lightweight camera configurations.

19mm rods - For studio camera configurations.

Clamp On - For stabilizers camera configurations.

The vintage lenses aren't compatible with clamp on lightweight matte boxes because many old lenses use a focus system that reach the front side of the lens. When the matte box pressures the lens, the focus ring is blocked. ( Zeiss Super Speed, Zeiss Std ó Cooke S2 / S3 Pstechnick )

In Camaleon cinema we advise our clients to choose the best matte box for their shooting. We work with all the Arri and Bright Tangerine serie.

ARRI MATTE BOXES

The German company Arri have been producing probably the best matte boxes of the market.

Arri LMB-25 Matte box

This lightweight Arri clamp on matte box can be set with two or three stages 4 x 4” or 4 x 5,6”. It has a dismountable casing through four captive screws, french flag and a 3/8” top mount for a Cinetape.

Arri LMB 4x5 Matte box

It is probably the lightweight matte box most versatile in the market. It has four 4 x 4” or 4 x 5,6” stages that also can be used for 138 mm circular filters. It comes with black hole for lenses between 62 and 143 mm, 3/8" top mount for a Cinetape, french flag, side flags with adjustable segments and swing-away up to 90º. It can be mounted on 15 and 19mm rods or with a clamp on support. Also, It has a tilting module up to 10º to eliminate unwanted reflexes.

Arri MB-14 Matte box

Large format matte box that can be used with most of the lenses in the market. It has four 6 x 6” stages, an additional module with two 4 x 4” stages, french flag, side flags and swing-away up to 90º. Due to the large format, It has to be mounted on 19mm rods and It is not recommended for use with the camera on the shoulder.

Arri MB-18 Matte box

The MB-18 Matte box is an alternative to MB-14 due to a smallest size. It can be set with two, three, or four stages for 4 x 4”, 4 x 5,6” or 4,5” circular filters. It has swing-away up to 90º, french flag, side flags and It can be mounted on 15 and 19mm bars.

Arri MB-19 Matte box

This compact and lightweight matte box has two 4 x 5,6” stages in its basic configuration. A 4 x 5,6” filter and a circular 138mm filter can be added. It comes with swing-away up to 90º and It can be mounted on 15mm bars, 19mm bars or with a clamp on support for 16 and 35mm formats. It has french flag and side flags with adjustable segments.

Arri SMB-2 Matte box

The Ari SMB-2 matte box has three 4 x 4” or 4 x 5,6” stages and It has been designed to use with most of the prime lenses and lightweight zooms. It comes with black hole for lenses between 62 and 143 mm, 3/8" top mount for a Cinetape, french flag, side flags with adjustable segments and swing away up to 90º. It can be mounted on 15mm bars, 19mm bars or with a clamp on support. Also, It has a tilting module up to 10º to eliminate unwanted reflexes.

BRIGHT TANGERINE MATTE BOXES

Despite not having the same reputation than Arri, the Bright Tangerine matte boxes offer significant results between quality and price.

Bright Tangerine Viv Matte box

It is a lightweight matte box than can be set with two or three 4 x 4” or 4 x 5,6” stages. It can be mounted  on 15mm bars, 19mm bars or with a clamp on support. It is for lenses up to 110 mm of front diameter. Also, It comes with swing-away up to 90º.

Bright Tangerine Misfit Atom Matte box

The Bright Tangerine Misfit Atom matte box is ultra lightweight. It has space for one 4 x 5,6” filter and clamp on support. It can be used with lenses with a front diameter up to 114 mm.

Bright Tangerine Misfit Matte box

This compact and lightweight matte box can be set with three or four 4 x 4” or 4 x 5,6” stages. It comes with french flag and black hole for lenses between 62 and 143 mm. It can be mounted on 15mm bars, 19mm bars or with a clap on support.

ARRI

  • Arri SMB1
  • Arri SMB2
  • Arri MB14
  • Arri MB16
  • Arri LMB5 
  • Arri LMB4
  • Arri LMB25

BRIGHT TANGERINE

  • Tangerine Strummer
  • Tangerine Misfit 
  • Tangerine Misfit Atom

Others

  • O'Connor O-Box
  • Chrosziel 4x5.6
  • Tilta 4x4

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