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Old December 12th, 2006, 08:21 PM   #1
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Which is the best, and not too expensive, matte box for the HVX200?
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Old December 12th, 2006, 10:21 PM   #2
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Check out the Geardear system (www.geardear.com). It is made of a polycarbonate material and quite lightweight. I have the 3-stage version and have been able to hang it on the HVX lens with one filter. I do not feel comfortable, however, making a habit out of hanging the mattebox off the lens so I would defintiely consider a baseplate and rails. I have not used the Geardear baseplate and rails; I have the Zacuto plate (www.zacuto.com) which is about as well-engineered and sturdy a product as you could imagine.

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Old December 13th, 2006, 02:25 AM   #3
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I too have the Zacuto system, with a Petroff Mattebox and it works like a dream.
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Old December 13th, 2006, 04:24 PM   #4
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And I've got the Zacuto system with the Century Optics/Vocas matte-box system. You can see photos of the matte-box (minus the Zacuto base plate) in the Image Gallery where I posted several images of the HVX at various angles. The title of those images are "New HVX Photos" of which 3 show the matte-box.

if the GearDear box had been available when I purchased the Century version I'd probably have gone with that system since it appears to be very well desgined and has lots of user-configurable options.
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