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Manfrotto SYMPLA Flexible Mattebox Complete Kit

B&H # MAMVA512WK Mfr # MVA512WK
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Product Highlights
  • Full and Adjustable Mattebox System
  • Includes Mattebox / Camera Plate / 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 Filter Holders / One Rotating

The Manfrotto SYMPLA Flexible Mattebox Complete Kit adds to the Mattebox itself a SYMPLA Variable Plate and two 12" long, 15mm diameter rods to make up a full system that's short of only a camera and lens and that's adjustable at several points which increase compatibility with lenses and which likewise increase ease of use.

The 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; and it packs flat for transportability.

The Mattebox sits on an included SYMPLA component called the Universal Mount, which mounts the included 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).

The included Variable Plate is a quick-release camera plate that adjusts at a lateral axis to offset the camera from the plate's center, at a vertical axis to align the plate higher and lower, and that adjusts back and forth along the rods, exactly the way the Universal Mount does and in conjunction with the Universal Mount.

Back to the Mattebox: 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 included 15 mm rods
Filter Diameter 105 mm
Weight 5.38 lbs (2.44 kg)
Manfrotto SYMPLA Flexible Mattebox Complete Kit
  • Flexible Mattebox
  • Variable Plate
  • 12" Rods
  • SYMPLA Clips
  • 2-Year Warranty Against Defects in Workmanship
    (Plus 3 More Years per Product Registration)
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Manfrotto SYMPLAFlexible Mattebox Complete Kit
     
    4.7

    (based on 3 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    Pros

    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great matte box

        By Nathan

        from State College, PA

        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Slight Design Adjustments

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films

        Comments about Manfrotto SYMPLA Flexible Mattebox Complete Kit:

        Just bought this - when there were no reviews - and I really like it. Folds flat, much lighter than conventional boxes and very versatile with different cameras. It has a very unusual look but I like that. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that Manfrotto substituted a cloth with an elastic band for the usual donut (protecting from backlighting). For average lenses it probably works ok, but for larger diameter lenses (a Vivitar 20mm with an 82mm filter ring) it barely fits and for smaller lenses (C mounts) it's way too big. Cue the gaff tape.
        Also even though both the 'box' and the plate have height adjustments, with the box all the way down and the plate all the way up a BMPCC just BARELY works - it's slightly below center. Perfect for DSLRs, though.
        I can modify/fix both of those but it seems like with just a little more effort Manfrotto could make adjustments.

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        5.0

        Great Manfrotto product at great price

        By Matur Kino Studio

        from Kazan, Russia

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Manfrotto SYMPLA Flexible Mattebox Complete Kit:

          I was looking for a great yet inexpensive mattebox. My criteria were high quality, ability to swing away the mattebox to quick access to the lens, 2 filter trays and adjustable height. Finally I decided to have this one although there is only one customer review. But I relied to Manfrotto brand. And I didn't come wrong! The product is very high quality, sturdy, and very unusual look. Just a bit heavy. Very satisfied!
          Variable plate and rods are great addition too. I'll build my custom rig (just add handles and shoulder pad) based on this.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Expect Manfrotto Quality

          By BHFan

          from Memphis, TN

          About Me Getting Started

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Landscape Photography
            • Traveling

            Comments about Manfrotto SYMPLA Flexible Mattebox Complete Kit:

            Very useful for filter use or blocking unwanted light. Folds almost completely flat, yet accordion like design folds out as far as you want it. Relatively easy to set up. No complaints.

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