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Matthews Butterfly/Overhead Fabric - 12x12' - White Artificial Silk

B&H # MAF1212ASW Mfr # 319000
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You Pay: $169.88

Also known as "Rags" these are the materials that are tied to the Butterfly/Overhead frame.

For many years, only the basic materials were used such as scrims to reduce light, silk to diffuse light and solid to eliminate light.

More recently many new materials have been added to allow many degrees of diffusion (Grid Cloths, Black Silks, etc.) plus many new reflective materials are now available to make large reflectors for both sunlight and artificial light such as Matthflectors, Grifflectors and Lames.

Fabric White Artificial Silk
Size 12' x 12' (3.7 x 3.7m)
Approx. Light Loss 1.6 Stops
Webbing Color Gold
Primary Use Softens and diffuses direct light, and introduces a significant amount of ambient bounce
Safety Characteristics Self Extinguishing

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Matthews12x12' Overhead Fabric - White Artificial Silk
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Durable (10)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Attaches securely (5)
  • Long-lasting (5)
  • Good color value (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (8)
    • Outdoors (5)
    • Indoors (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (9)
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    5.0

    Great Product

    By R2ro

    from Dallas, Texas

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors

      Comments about Matthews 12x12' Overhead Fabric - White Artificial Silk:

      Diffuses light beautifully!

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      5.0

      Great versatile tool.

      By Luke

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Lightweight
      • Long-Lasting

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Matthews 12x12' Overhead Fabric - White Artificial Silk:

          These are great because you can do so many things with them. Like scrimming windows, using it as a reflector, and making a giant softbox.

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          5.0

          Artificial White Silk Cleans Up!

          By Carnavalpix

          from USA/Brasil

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Long-Lasting

          Cons

          • Not As Well Made Today

          Best Uses

            Comments about Matthews 12x12' Overhead Fabric - White Artificial Silk:

            This is a great traditional 12'x12' silk by Matthews.I needed a white glowing background for a shoot with animals, and decided on the artificial silk instead of their true silk, which has a better effect.I chose the artificial because it is easier to care for, and lasts longer in tropical climates, which I also shoot in.I didn't expect to be cleaning it after the first shoot day, but one of the animals we filmed went pee on the new silk, and it cleaned up perfectly!Still good as new!I used the Background Support System - 12' Wide by Impact, which would probably fail (stands and crosspost) outside in windy conditions, but it worked well inside.

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            5.0

            Well made and high quality.

            By ericm1461

            from Dublin, CA

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight
            • Long-Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Outdoors

              Comments about Matthews 12x12' Overhead Fabric - White Artificial Silk:

              If you need a silk product this is a great value and is very well made. Even came with the ties.

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              5.0

              Multiple uses

              By Johnnyq

              from NYC

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use

                Comments about Matthews 12x12' Overhead Fabric - White Artificial Silk:

                Good for the price and the multiple uses as a bounce, light shoot thru, diffuser, etc. I bought 2, get for any studio/location kit

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                4.0

                Does just what it says

                By Swiss

                from Chatsworth, CA

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                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Outdoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Matthews 12x12' Overhead Fabric - White Artificial Silk:

                  This product is a 12x12 overhead silk that I most often use to diffuse direct sunlight. I occasionally use it as a white bounce to pump up sunlight coming through a window. It works great for both applications. At times it may be larger than what I need and I could probably get by with a CA Sun-bounce, but then nobody ever won awards for getting by. Build well, hopping it will last a minute.

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                  5.0

                  nice tool

                  By cg

                  from nj

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                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Good Color Value
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Outdoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Matthews 12x12' Overhead Fabric - White Artificial Silk:

                    does as described, big diffuser. I use it to cut harsh light and have a huge wall or overhead of diffusion

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                    4.0

                    Slick Silk

                    By CHK_Multimedia

                    from Oklahoma City

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Long-Lasting

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about Matthews 12x12' Overhead Fabric - White Artificial Silk:

                      Not much to say. It's a silk and it's sturdy and durable.

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                      4.0

                      Love it!

                      By Eric Michael

                      from Brooklyn NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about Matthews 12x12' Overhead Fabric - White Artificial Silk:

                        I'm more of a studio guy but wanted to work on more outdoor shoots and love the effects you can get with large, soft light sources. So it was kind of a no brainer for me. the light loss id more then i expected but I supplement with a strobe if need be. It seems very durable and is easy to clean.

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                        5.0

                        Works Fine

                        By John Streeter

                        from sydney

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                        Pros

                        • Attach Securely

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about Matthews 12x12' Overhead Fabric - White Artificial Silk:

                          Does it's job but a few of the joins in the fabric can be seen sometimes.

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                          5.0

                          Difficult to get in Australia

                          By woodso

                          from melbourne Australia

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                          Pros

                          • Attach Securely
                          • Durable
                          • robust

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • ceiling mounted
                            • General Use
                            • Indoors

                            Comments about Matthews 12x12' Overhead Fabric - White Artificial Silk:

                            I had considered making up some silk overheads from scratch but by the time i added up the costs in materials and time it wasn't worth it. This Matthews overhead is really robust with good strong edges and eyelets, great product,[...]

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