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Old June 4th, 2009, 02:15 PM   #1
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Matte box type thingy for XH A1s

Ok,

I'm not exactly looking for a matte box for my A1s, I'm looking for what would basically be the top of one to sheild out backlights or any light above that gets into your lens. It's like a barndoor on a spot light but only the top part that mounts around the lens hood, you see these a lot on outdoor animal show like on Animal Planet.

I don't know what they call them for a google search but I know they exist (don't know about for XH A1s though).

If I have to use a full Mattebox I will do so but it would sure be nice to have one of those simple lightweight deals if I could find one. Anybody know if they have a specific name???

I do use 3x5 cards at times but they can be a pain even though they can be effective.

Thanks.
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Old June 4th, 2009, 03:59 PM   #2
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A Company called Formatt make exactly what you want:Matte Boxes to buy online : FM600 Matte Box from Formatt Filters

however, you won't be able to use auto focus with one of these fitted as it covers the auto focus sensor with no realistic means of working around it
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Old June 4th, 2009, 06:49 PM   #3
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Not quite it Philip but I really really appreciate the link, What I'm looking for is just the top part of the one you linked to. It doesn't hold filters or anything it's just a shield on a hinge that mounts on top.

I will try and find a pic of it but it's hard cause I don't know what they call it. I just saw it on "Big cat diaries" today on the Animal Planet.

Thanks so much though Philip!
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Old June 4th, 2009, 07:57 PM   #4
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Sounds like you're talking about a French flag. Filmtools has them, as well as many other places.
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Old June 4th, 2009, 08:39 PM   #5
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Yes Bill!

Thats it! I found some pics immediatly after you said what they were (Below).

See i need something that doesnt cover the auto focus because I film a lot of Mixed Martial Arts and Trying to manually focus can be tricky with all the action.

Thanks So Much Bill!!!
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Old June 7th, 2009, 03:57 PM   #6
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Go down this page. There are some flags that are very lightweight and work well from Barber Tech (EZ Flag). They have fitting for shoe mount, screw mount, or clamp mount:
Barbertech Video Products

These can be attached in different ways and won't block the autofocus on the XH-A1.
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Old June 8th, 2009, 07:21 PM   #7
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Which reminds me...the XH A1 is the first pro camera I've ever used that does not have the 1/4" threaded socket on top of the handle.
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Old June 8th, 2009, 08:44 PM   #8
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This little Manfrotto nano clamp ($29.95) can go on tubing (e.g. tripod arm):
manfrotto nano clamp | B&H Photo Video

This little "J" clamp from 16x9 is made to go on a camcorder handle (but it's expensive at $114.95):
16x9 Inc. | 169-J-BRKT J-Clamp Mounting Bracket | 169-J-BRKT
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Old June 8th, 2009, 10:27 PM   #9
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Very cool! Thanks so much for the links Jack!
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Old June 9th, 2009, 07:22 PM   #10
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I have one of these, http://www.filmtools.com/clamfrenflag.html , but I like that Manfroto clamp idea.
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