When shooting video with a DSLR, if you've ever wondered why your videos seem to be washed out – with less contrast and deep color than your still images, you may be suffering from unwanted light hitting the front element of your lens. Video's slower shutter speeds gives your camera's sensor more time to accumulate these stray light effects.
Professionals put matte boxes in front of their lenses to control errant light and that's why their videos look well, more professional. Matte boxes also give shooters a means to place filters in front of the lens for full image control. Finally, rocking a rig sporting a matte box screams “Take me seriously!” to cast, crew and clients. Achieving all the benefits from a matte box doesn't come cheaply – and the weight of most models can make handheld shooting a painful exercise.
ClearView has a Kickstarter campaign for their new carbon fiber matte box they claim is “…the most lightweight, durable, and affordable matte box in the market.” Since you're eventually going to either buy or rent a matte box for your serious projects, you might want to get in on the ground floor on this one for a lot less money than if you wait.
Carbon Fiber Matte Box for DSLR and Video Cameras by ClearView
The ClearView matte box is the most lightweight, durable, and affordable matte box in the market. We learned from camera operators and our own experience to design the ideal camera tool. The ClearView matte box innovatively utilizes carbon fiber, ABS engineering plastic, and aerospace aluminum to create one of the lightest matte boxes ever made.
This matte box is compatible with existing 4″x4″ filters to allow you to get the exact look your shots demand. There are a variety of ND (neutral density), and polarizing light filters available in the industry standard 4″x4″ size. In addition, one filter stage is rotatable allowing you to get the most out of polarized filters while the other filters is fixed in place.
– Industry Standard 15mm
– Swing Away Arm
– Height Adjustable Mount
– Dual Filter Stages
– Industry Leading Weight
– Custom Cut Hard Carry Case
* 2- 4”x4” Filter Holders
* 3- French Flags (2 side Flags, 1 Top Flag)
* 5- Donuts to attache to a variety of Lens sizes
* Dimensions of Matte Box (without French Flags) – 9.75″ x 6.5″ x 3.25″ (248mm x 165mm x 83mm)
* Accepts Camera Lenses with an outer diameter to 110mm
* Height Adjustable by 1″ (25mm) to allow variety of Lenses
* Mounts Via Industry Standard 15mm Rails
All Kickstarter backers will receive the 15mm shoulder pad at a special backer price. If you order the matte box, we will give you a 10% discount on the base-plate shown in the pictures below.
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(cover photo credit: snap from Kickstarter)