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Matthews RoadRags II Kit - 24x36" (45.7x91cm)

B&H # MARR2K Mfr # 350596
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You Pay: $339.95
Product Highlights
  • 2- 24x36" Folding Frames
  • Single, Double Scrims
  • Artificial Silk, Flag, Case

This is the Matthews RoadRags II Kit. Matthews RoadRags are a portable lighting modification system that helps you to quickly and easily duplicate studio lighting effects on location, using your portable lights. The elastic corded frames easily fold for storing and transporting. A simple "flick of the wrist" is all that's required to quickly open the frame making it ready to use.

By using the different materials, you are able to quickly create contrasts, different light ratios, diffusion or block the light. The RoadRags Kit fits easily into most lighting kits. Additional fabrics are available separately.

If you need a smaller size, order the 18 x 24" RoadRags Kit: Click Here.

Single and double scrim diminish the light.
The flag acts as gobo, to totally block light.
The artificial silk softens and diminishes the light.
Kit Weight 4 lbs (1.8 kg)

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MatthewsRoadRags II Kit - 24x36" (45.7x91cm)
 
4.7

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (3)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (13)
  • Durable (11)
  • Attaches securely (7)
  • Long-lasting (5)
  • Portable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (9)
    • Portraits (8)
    • General purpose (6)
    • Outdoors (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    RoadRags--5 Road Rage--0

    I got the RoadRags II Kit plus extra frames, scrims, silks, reflectors, etc. to help sculpt and shape light on video shoots and short films. There's several things that are crucial to...Read complete review

    I got the RoadRags II Kit plus extra frames, scrims, silks, reflectors, etc. to help sculpt and shape light on video shoots and short films. There's several things that are crucial to me about this purchase: 1) they're incredibly light, 2) they're portable and 3) they work! My only negative is they are pricey, but only on the front end purchase. If you ever have used standard flags and scrims and have had to send them back to the factory for repair on top of return postage then you'll appreciate how much these can save you on costly shipping for factory repairs. Torn flag? Just order a replacement flag. Quick and simple. I'm pretty much a One Man Band so I'm sold on the portability of this kit: no need to go out and purchase a grip truck, it fits nicely in my grip case. They go together quickly and tear down easily for transport. Another amazing Matthews product that works extremely well. I thought long and hard about getting the smaller kit, but am glad I went with the 24 X 36 inch size. In my opinion, it's much more usable on location to have the larger size flags, scrims and silks. I may add on the smaller RoadRags I Kit down the road, but for now I'm totally satisfied with the RoadRags II Kit. That being said, if I were lighting full feature films I would bite the bullet and purchase standard flags, scrims, silks and reflectors along with a grip truck. But for a smaller production crew the RoadRags are hard to beat.

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    Only One Flag?

    i am happy with the concept and build quality, the bag could be done better-- but-- and I am at fault for not reading close -- it's disappointing that for this fee...Read complete review

    i am happy with the concept and build quality, the bag could be done better-- but-- and I am at fault for not reading close -- it's disappointing that for this fee you only get one of each fabric-- so you can't have two flags up at one time. I guess I need to order more for this kit to make it complete, which is a drag.

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    5.0

    Great location kit

    By travelight

    from London

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors
    • Location
    • Portraits
    • Travel

    Comments about Matthews RoadRags II Kit - 24x36" (45.7x91cm):

    I bought this kit to use with a pair of Profoto B1 strobes for extra light control on location and when traveling.
    It's very portable, lightweight and quick and easy to set up. I have the kit, two extra flags, two extra silks, a silver reflector and two extra frames (4 in total), all packed in the supplied kit bag.
    The frames are strong enough for my purposes, although I haven't yet tried using them outdoors in the wind - the base attachment of the arms looks like it could be a weak point given enough force.
    I've been mounting the kit on Manfrotto 1051BAC light stands, using Matthews mini-grip heads, rods and mini-matthelini clamps which work very well.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent kit for location and travel

    By travelight

    from London

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors
    • Location
    • Portraits
    • Travel

    Comments about Matthews RoadRags II Kit - 24x36" (45.7x91cm):

    I purchased this kit for use with a couple of Profoto B1 heads, to allow more light control on location and when traveling.

    It's quick and easy to set up, and seems pretty robust so far - although I haven't yet used it outdoors in windy conditions. I can see that the base mounting of the poles might be a weak point given enough stress, so not as strong as a non-folding flag for example.

    I have the kit, a couple of extra frames, two extra flags, two extra silks and a silver reflector - all of which fits into the kit case.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Great travel solution for flags and nets

    By Thomas, cinematographer

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Matthews RoadRags II Kit - 24x36" (45.7x91cm):

      This is a great kit that solves the challenge of traveling with bulky flags and nets. My only complaint is with the contents: I wish it had two flags + two nets, instead of one flag + two nets + one silk diffusion. There are lots of easy ways to diffuse a light on location, which makes the silk less important, and it would be more valuable to have two flags.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Just what I've needed!

      By Dante377

      from New York, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Matthews RoadRags II Kit - 24x36" (45.7x91cm):

        I'm a traveling DP and I've been meaning to get these for years. I can't believe I waited so long. I purchased some extra frames and flags to fill out the kit for my needs. These are perfect and beat renting flags across the country. Only had them for a few months and seem durable and reliable.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Love it!

        By Elaine Wright

        from Wiesbaden, Germany

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Outdoors

          Comments about Matthews RoadRags II Kit - 24x36" (45.7x91cm):

          This kit is awesome! Well built, very useful when trying to diffuse the light indoors or outdoors.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Perfect for LEDs

          By Barta IV

          from Wake Forest, NC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about Matthews RoadRags II Kit - 24x36" (45.7x91cm):

            I needed a simple kit to travel with my 1x1 LEDs for location interviews. This is the best design for compact travel and easy setup. Plus, Matthews quality materials.

            If you've looked for soft-boxes for your LEDs you've found they only take the 12"x12" light and make it into a 14"x14" light source. Not big enough for a pleasing portrait/interview shot. Adding the Matthews Minigrip Mounting Kit and an additional Matthews RoadRags II Artificial Silk gives you two nice, large, diffused lights for interviews.

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            4.0

            Excellent starter kit

            By Brian M.

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • On Location
              • Portraits

              Comments about Matthews RoadRags II Kit - 24x36" (45.7x91cm):

              I'm a pro photographer and part-time videographer and received this as a gift from a business partner recently and I have to say it's an excellent starter kit.

              The kit is a bit pricey but it's definitely durable, light weight and extremely portable. As others have mentioned my only complaint is that only one silk and one black flag fabric is included.

              I would recommend that anyone purchasing the kit consider adding on an additional silk, flag as well as the silver/white fabric because the included silk doesn't do much in the way of bouncing light for fill.

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              5.0

              Best Value Best Quality

              By Tommy G

              from Ny, Ny

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Long-Lasting
              • Quality Build

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Interviews
                • Low Light
                • Night Time
                • Outdoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Matthews RoadRags II Kit - 24x36" (45.7x91cm):

                This Kit is perfect for on the road out of town shoots. Also great when you have a small crew or are alone on interviews etc. The price is worth every penny for the construction and build. They are solid, reliable, and light. The casing is great and really makes it easy to toss into other cases.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Excellent Portable Lighting Control

                By Red Shoe Brian

                from Fairfield, CT

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Outdoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Matthews RoadRags II Kit - 24x36" (45.7x91cm):

                  Great easy to use kit for flagging and diffusing light. I Perfect to help manipulate available light, and also great for diffusing and bouncing my other lights. I am using this mostly for interviews.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great portable lighting control kit

                  By bsatchfield

                  from Tampa Bay, Florida

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Powerful
                  • Very portable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Lighting control

                    Comments about Matthews RoadRags II Kit - 24x36" (45.7x91cm):

                    The RoadRags Kits offer a very portable means to have some basic lighting control devices with you at all times. Basically, the kit includes two collapsable metal frames that, once expanded, allow you to slide on various custom fabrics that then give you a lighting control device you can support with any C-Stand or grip head. The kits comes with several diffusion and flag accessories. Note that this is the larger version of the kit and the flags, diffusion devices are quite large. I own one of the smaller kits and one of the larger kits and they take up way less space than if you were to carry around standard flags and silks. A bit expensive but well-made and very portable.

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                    • No

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    RoadRags--5 Road Rage--0

                    By Hardcore Harley

                    from Central Arkansas

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Portable
                    • Works Like A Charm

                    Cons

                    • Pricey

                    Best Uses

                    • Light Sculpting
                    • Short Film Production
                    • Videography

                    Comments about Matthews RoadRags II Kit - 24x36" (45.7x91cm):

                    I got the RoadRags II Kit plus extra frames, scrims, silks, reflectors, etc. to help sculpt and shape light on video shoots and short films. There's several things that are crucial to me about this purchase: 1) they're incredibly light, 2) they're portable and 3) they work! My only negative is they are pricey, but only on the front end purchase. If you ever have used standard flags and scrims and have had to send them back to the factory for repair on top of return postage then you'll appreciate how much these can save you on costly shipping for factory repairs. Torn flag? Just order a replacement flag. Quick and simple. I'm pretty much a One Man Band so I'm sold on the portability of this kit: no need to go out and purchase a grip truck, it fits nicely in my grip case. They go together quickly and tear down easily for transport. Another amazing Matthews product that works extremely well. I thought long and hard about getting the smaller kit, but am glad I went with the 24 X 36 inch size. In my opinion, it's much more usable on location to have the larger size flags, scrims and silks. I may add on the smaller RoadRags I Kit down the road, but for now I'm totally satisfied with the RoadRags II Kit. That being said, if I were lighting full feature films I would bite the bullet and purchase standard flags, scrims, silks and reflectors along with a grip truck. But for a smaller production crew the RoadRags are hard to beat.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Kit, super portable

                    By Hav

                    from New Zealand

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Fast Setup
                    • Well made

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Matthews RoadRags II Kit - 24x36" (45.7x91cm):

                        Have been using for exterior I/V's for broadcast.
                        Extremely well made and designed.
                        Don't know how I got by without them before.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A must have for all cameramen

                        By Blewie

                        from Sydney, Australia

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attach Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Long-Lasting

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Matthews RoadRags II Kit - 24x36" (45.7x91cm):

                            Innovative product that enables easy setup of trace frame, nets or cutters without all the baggage. Simply clamp the frame to your existing stand and attach the required trace or net in front of the light source. Brilliant!

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Only One Flag?

                            By Badnews

                            from Washington, DC

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Good Color Value
                            • Light
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Overpriced

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use

                            Comments about Matthews RoadRags II Kit - 24x36" (45.7x91cm):

                            i am happy with the concept and build quality, the bag could be done better-- but-- and I am at fault for not reading close -- it's disappointing that for this fee you only get one of each fabric-- so you can't have two flags up at one time. I guess I need to order more for this kit to make it complete, which is a drag.

                            Share this review

                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            THE BEST

                            By Working Photographer

                            from New York City

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Matthews RoadRags II Kit - 24x36" (45.7x91cm):

                            As a traveling commercial photographer, I need reliable equipment that is light weight and compact. The Matthews Roadrags Kit fits these needs. The frames are one piece aluminum shock-cord construction. Folded they are apx. 24" long. The case is apx. 10x29" and fits into tripod/lightstand bags. The flags setup and tear-down quickly and are better quality than other brands of portable flags that I have owned. I recommend you pair this kit with the Matthews Minigrip Mounting Kit.

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                            5.0

                            Control the light or parish

                            By Muzz

                            from Randolph, NJ

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Long-Lasting
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Outdoors

                              Comments about Matthews RoadRags II Kit - 24x36" (45.7x91cm):

                              They really work well. Light weight, great design, and priced within range.

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