Budget Gear: Pro Compact Matte Box

Ryan writes in and shares another Video Matte box with dual 4x4 filter trays that has become available for budget shooters [Thanks Ryan]. It's listed as a 'Pro Compact Matte Box', but it should probably be re-named to 'Very Basic Matte Box'. On higher end Matte Boxes you will at least find a quick release clamp system or even swing away arm to make lens changes easier.

The inexpensive matte box comes with 15mm rail clamp, removable top and side flags, and various neoprene donuts. One listing states that at least one of the filter trays is rotatable for a polarizer, but it's hard to tell from the generic photos online. The matte box starts from $140+, found via eBay (click here).

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find-price-button Matte Box Dual 4x4 Filter Tray Flags 15mm Clamp

14 thoughts on “Budget Gear: Pro Compact Matte Box

  1. For those in the NYC area. Adorama seems to be selling these under the Flashpoint brand name for around $250. Don't buy it there obviously if you can get it online, for cheaper, but it presents an opportunity to go in and "touch it". I'm a fan of touching it first whenever possible.

  2. Michael Althaus

    Bought one. You can see a picture of it attached to a rig here:

    It's definitely decent quality for the price.
    The only complaint I have is that the filter trays are plastic and week and don't lock in very well. Furthermore, there's a tiny cap between the filter trays which could be an issue if the sun is shinning straight onto it (some gaff tape will fix this).
    It's definitely a pretty good value at $140...

  3. ev149

    I ordered from their website before and didn't have any problems.

    Anyway this mattebox looks like a decent deal, not the cheapest out there but it seems to be decent quality.

  4. todd

    I got mine here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/320967387269?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

    Now, I can confirm that it has one rotating filter holder. The one I received does accept 4mm filters from Cavision, Sneider, Century, etc. I have heard comments from people on a YouTube review of this, (don't have link hndy just Google it) that it will only accept 3mm filters. When I emailed this seller, he confirmed that it was able to accept 4mm. Before you click the link and buy it, make sure and email the seller to confirm that you are getting trays that accept 4mm, these things are cranked out in batches so you never know. The quality is solid, the aluminum parts and ABS are high grade, it doesn't look like junk. Like Emm pointed out though, it lacks a swing away arm and the quick release system. For the money, it is awesome, we shot last weekend in Palm Dessert, and the conditions were dirty and rough, it held up great and after I wiped it down it still looks new, so, I have zero complaints and can totally reccomend the seller link, BUT, be sure and email him your questions ahead of time.

  5. Rob

    I just want a small sunshade/matte box. Any suggestions for something small that would mount to rails?
    Thanks for any help!!!!

  6. Justus

    I really hope this is a good one. I've been needing a matte box but haven't decided on a good (non expensive) one. Are you gonna be getting one Emm?

  7. Emm

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    @Bruce Philpott - I have only seen one listing state it has a rotating filter, I can't seem to verify this through the generic images. If it does, that would be great.

  8. That looks better than the economy matte box I have which has filter holders which don't rotate. I may get that one in order to have a complete second rig for the occasions when I rent a B camera.

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