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Old November 7th, 2011, 04:31 PM   #1
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Matte Box - perfect!

I occasionally run into issues with stadium light - and mid-day sun - so I went on the hunt for a Matte Box and boy was I shocked at how much they cost!

So after some research and a few calls, I settled on the Cavision 3x3 Matte Box w/ 2 Filter Holders and a French Flag.

Wish List | B&H Photo Video All three items for $214.40

Cavision thought it might have a little vignetting, but I am here to tell you, even at its widest opening, there is none!

One note - the flag only works on the regular MB385P not the Wide Angle.

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Old November 7th, 2011, 07:01 PM   #2
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Re: Matte Box - perfect!

Chris...nice rig! Great recommendation for a 'Matte Box'. I remember getting a 'Matte Box' for my Rollei 6000i 2.25" 'stills' camera, the price was 'shocking' to say the least.

That is a decent price and it works.

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Old November 8th, 2011, 08:20 AM   #3
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Re: Matte Box - perfect!

The only downer is that all the Cavision hoods I've seen aren't 16:9. Come to that they aren't even 4:3 - the one I had was nearer 4:3.5. Why, Cavision?

But I like the look of your attached monitor Chris. Tell me - is it better in sunlight than the useless NX5's top screen? And what make is it?

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Old November 8th, 2011, 08:43 AM   #4
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If there's no vengetting does it really matter?

The monitor is a 5" HDMI LCD and it works awesome, especially when you "have" to shoot in mid-day sun.

However, I do have the Sony LCD Hood that works amazingly well.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/538262-REG/Sony_SH_L32WBP_SHL_32WBP_LCD_Hood.html
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Old November 8th, 2011, 08:48 AM   #5
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It does matter. Hods are aspet ratio (or petal) shaped for very good reason.
So, does your monitor have a name and web link?
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Old November 8th, 2011, 08:55 AM   #6
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See that's where I get confused...
I have scoured these threads for information on Matte Boxes specifically 4:3 vs 16:9 and while I understand the physical aspects - in real world use - I was not able to find anyone having any issues as far back as 2003.

The monitor is:


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Old November 9th, 2011, 05:40 PM   #7
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Nice looking rig, Chris. What zoom controller are you using. and are you happy with it? I have seen some of your football videos. I am shooting soccer and a good controllers seems a very important part of the kit.
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Old November 9th, 2011, 05:44 PM   #8
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I am using a VeriZoom LANC

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/330007-REG/VariZoom_VZ_ROCK_VZRock_Variable_Rocker_for_LANC.html
and it is a must for all the sports I have shot!
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Old November 9th, 2011, 06:13 PM   #9
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Thanks for the quick response Chris, 4 minutes.

I do wish that this forum was a bit busier, as every time that a good topic comes up there are a few of you shooters that have time with the NX5U offer some great insight.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 06:22 PM   #10
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Chris...sorry to go OT, but how do you like the little 'mini-ball' monitor adaptor?

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Old November 12th, 2011, 10:09 PM   #11
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Chris,

This flag setup that you listed in your first post works with the NX5 cam at both the wide AND telephoto lengths?
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Old November 15th, 2011, 07:13 AM   #12
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Chris...sorry to go OT, but how do you like the little 'mini-ball' monitor adaptor?

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Sorry for the delay J - just got back from shooting a film.

The bullhead that came with thT e monitor is cheap-china kind of thing... While it does work and function, I had a Cullmann CB2.7 mini-ball head and I am now using it instead.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/733749-REG/Cullmann_CU_40027_CB2_7_Mini_Ballhead.html
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Old November 15th, 2011, 07:15 AM   #13
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Chris,

This flag setup that you listed in your first post works with the NX5 cam at both the wide AND telephoto lengths?
Yes, Bill works perfect... I can lower the flag quite a bit before I start seeing it int the frame.
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Old November 15th, 2011, 10:36 AM   #14
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Thanks Chris! I appreciate the info.

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