So what's the deal with Indian Mattebox's at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Open DV Discussion

Open DV Discussion
For topics which don't fit into any of the other categories.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old April 4th, 2008, 02:20 PM   #1
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Colombia
Posts: 153
So what's the deal with Indian Mattebox's

I know some one around here has one could you please comment.
They look just like the cavision ones. How do they compare.

Call me crazy, but i don't want to pay more than a grand for a couple pieces of plastic.

I mean could I really go wrong with getting one of these. Yeah, they are stealling designs,
Andrew McMillan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 4th, 2008, 02:57 PM   #2
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Colombia
Posts: 153
But isn't charging soo much for a mattebox even worse than stealing.
Andrew McMillan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 4th, 2008, 03:11 PM   #3
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Colombia
Posts: 153
I'm sorry I wasn't clear, In case you don't know Cine-city ,an ebay store, sells knock off matteboxs and other gear for really cheap.
Andrew McMillan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 5th, 2008, 10:33 AM   #4
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Fort Mill, SC
Posts: 48
I went ahead and bought the "wide angle matte box with rod support" from the cine-city ebay store, and it's been great. I have a JVC HD110 and it fits perfectly.

It has the foam ring so it doesn't technically even touch my camera, and is supported solely by the rod system. It's solid and light, with one filter holder that rotates, the other is fixed. The french flag, when installed without the side flags, is kind of loose and will slip unless the hex nut is tightened, but with the side flags in place, it's really a great setup. I put a couple small strips of gaff on the top edges of the side flags to keep any noise down when running handheld.

It came with the proper tools and a few replacement screws and extra foam rings. Shipping from India takes a while, but it wasn't that expensive, and for the price break, I can wait.

I haven't had any trouble with it, except I bought it with the rod support, and that was a mistake. I had to rig it up with some other quick-release plates and kind of re-assemble it to make it fit on my camera. I probably bought the wrong rod support system, but they swear that it's a "universal". I'm very pleased with the matte box for the price, and really, I don't see any reason to spend more money on something that really has simple functionality.

I might be able to post pictures tomorrow when I get back home.
__________________
leviBethune.com
organicvisual.com
Levi Bethune is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 5th, 2008, 11:36 AM   #5
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Colombia
Posts: 153
What if I have a full size 2/3 shoulder cam? Those rails won't work. do they have the quick release v-mount rod holder for big cams.

Do you have any pics I would love to see em
Andrew McMillan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 5th, 2008, 12:19 PM   #6
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Fort Mill, SC
Posts: 48
The matte box is basically just a copy of a Cavision or Century, depending on the model that you buy from Cine-City. I got mine with the Rod Support, but you can buy one separately I'm sure. As long as it takes the 15mm rods, you'll be fine.

I'll post pictures when I get home tonight or tomorrow morning.
__________________
leviBethune.com
organicvisual.com
Levi Bethune is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 5th, 2008, 09:57 PM   #7
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Colombia
Posts: 153
okay great
Andrew McMillan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 6th, 2008, 04:34 AM   #8
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Kent, UK
Posts: 101
Quote:
Originally Posted by Levi Bethune View Post

I'll post pictures when I get home tonight or tomorrow morning.

I'd be really interested to see pics and opinions too!
Chris Coulson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 6th, 2008, 10:43 AM   #9
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Fort Mill, SC
Posts: 48
a few pictures up on Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/oranges...7604412495433/
__________________
leviBethune.com
organicvisual.com
Levi Bethune is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 6th, 2008, 03:11 PM   #10
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Belgium | Europe
Posts: 441
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andrew McMillan View Post
What if I have a full size 2/3 shoulder cam? Those rails won't work. do they have the quick release v-mount rod holder for big cams.

Do you have any pics I would love to see em
The matteboxes from Century Optics (now Schneider Optics) ar originally made by VOCAS in the Netherlands and are manufactured of molded carbon fiber and CNC machined aluminum. They are also know as Shade FX in the USA.

They are also available for 2/3" camcorders (see the MB-serie on their website: vocas.com). It can be used with or without the mattebox support. My advice is to always use a mattebox support to protect your lens, even if you don't own a mattebox. A French flag is included with all the boxes from the broadcast serie, and the eyebrowns are also standard.

They are much better made then Cavision, but just not so good as Chrosziel.
Ivan Snoeckx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 7th, 2008, 01:25 PM   #11
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Colombia
Posts: 153
Wow that looks great. I think they offer a vesion with eyebrows too.

Any way are you looking to get the V-mount plate rod support plate thing so you can use the original tripod plate and go handhled?
Andrew McMillan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 7th, 2008, 01:27 PM   #12
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Colombia
Posts: 153
you need a photo of the whole camera too.
Andrew McMillan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 7th, 2008, 03:02 PM   #13
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Belgium | Europe
Posts: 441
You can attach the VOCAS MBS-100 lightweight support under the camera instead of the original V-mount plate from Sony, Panasonic, JVC or whatever you are using. Then it works with a tripod like you used to. The 15mm rail system is also a great way to protect your lens from bumping against the floor ;-)

The MB-315, MB-325, MB-350 and MB-450 have the eyebrowns included.
Ivan Snoeckx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 7th, 2008, 06:15 PM   #14
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Colombia
Posts: 153
Is there a specific name for that thing.
Andrew McMillan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 7th, 2008, 10:27 PM   #15
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Fort Mill, SC
Posts: 48
Photo of entire camera added per request. Shown with french flag and side flags.
Attached Thumbnails
So what's the deal with Indian Mattebox's-2397817952_b06d8faf87_b.jpg  
__________________
leviBethune.com
organicvisual.com
Levi Bethune is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Open DV Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:19 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network