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Old June 16th, 2006, 01:51 PM   #1
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Advantages of a Mattebox?

Now this may seem a very naive question but came someone please
explain to me the Advantages of using a Mattebox.

Outside making the camera look more professional what is the real function
of the Mattebox?

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Old June 16th, 2006, 01:54 PM   #2
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To keep extraneous light out of the lens and to hold filters.
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Old June 16th, 2006, 02:23 PM   #3
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Old June 16th, 2006, 06:31 PM   #4
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Most hoods that come with cameras are already good enough. In DV world they were created so that people with existing drop-in filters could make use of those. I would say MOST people using them are doing it for the look more than the functionality.

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But you gotta admit Ash, they do look cool!!!
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Old June 17th, 2006, 01:14 AM   #6
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I tend to prefer using a decent lens hood rather than the overpriced Matte boxes, because the UV or polarizing filters that I use are round screw-on filters.

I also own a lot of Graduated filters in square or "P" size, and these fit nicely into a 'P' size holder in conjunction with a large Bellows Hood. The advantage of using a bellows hood is that it can be adjusted to extend for telephoto lenses, or squeeze smaller for wide angle lenses to prevent vignetting.
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