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Manfrotto Flexible Mattebox

B&H # MAMVA512W Mfr # MVA512W
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Product Highlights
  • Mounts 15mm Rods
  • Accordion-Like Rubber Hood
  • Compatible with Wide and Long Lenses
  • Can Be Pressed Up Against Window
  • Packs Flat for Transportability
  • Adjusts Vertically and Horizontally
  • Slides Aside to Allow Lens Swaps
  • Two 4 x 4" Filter Holders / One Rotating

The Manfrotto SYMPLA Flexible Mattebox is an unconventional mattebox that instead of the traditional French flag design, features an accordion-like rubber hood that serves many purposes very effectively. It allows universal compatibility with lenses from wide to long; it can be pressed up against glass -- when you need to shoot through glass -- to just about completely block out reflections; it protects the lens against knocks and scrapes; it packs flat for transportability.

The Mattebox sits on an included SYMPLA component called the Universal Mount, which mounts 15mm rods and takes the weight of the Mattebox onto itself and the rods, and by which the Mattebox can be moved back and forth along the rods until locked into position. It additionally has a bar on which the Mattebox can adjust vertically 50mm to align with lenses of different lengths and heights, and it furthermore has a hinge by which the Mattebox can be made to slide aside 90° to allow for quick lens swaps (please click on "More Images" above to see an example).

Like most matteboxes, the Flexible Mattebox is equipped with two 4 x 4" filter holders (one of which rotates to allow a polarizing filter to be angled correctly). But unlike in any other mattebox, the hood of the Flexible Mattebox is rubber, flexible, and can open partially or fully in just an instant.

Accordion-Like Hood
  • Universally compatible with lenses from wide to long
  • Can press up against a window to block out all reflections
  • Protects lens when open; packs flat when closed for transport
  • One of two filter holders rotates to let the other be angled correctly
15mm Mount System
  • Mounts and moves along two 15mm rods
  • Vertically adjusts 50mm to align with any lens
  • Slides aside on a 90° hinge to facilitate lens swaps
Mount Type Mounts two 15 mm rods
Filter Diameter 105 mm
Weight 2.43 lbs (1.1 kg)
Manfrotto Flexible Mattebox
  • Universal Mount
  • 2-Year Warranty Against Defects in Workmanship
    (Plus 3 More Years per Product Registration)
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    ManfrottoFlexible Mattebox
     
    3.5

    (based on 2 reviews)

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    3.0

    works but not a keeper

    By jayo

    from san francisco

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Holds Filters
    • Solid
    • Unique Design

    Cons

    • Clunky
    • Hood Is Difficult

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio
    • On Tripod

    Comments about Manfrotto Flexible Mattebox:

    I was going to use this for a handheld setup for a RED camera rig. I found the hood very difficult to pop out and in and the whole rig was a bit too heavy and clunky. There are better matte box filter systems. I do like though the overall concept and idea,and the Sympla does work. It feels fairly solid and holds filters etc.

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    4.0

    Does what it's supposed to do

    By Fish

    from New York, NY

    About Me Career, Modern, Practical, Stylish

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Stylish

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Sports

      Comments about Manfrotto Flexible Mattebox:

      I use it on dslr video.

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      • Personal
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