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MatthewsRoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm)
 
4.5

(based on 25 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (12)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Attach securely (7)
  • Good color value (4)
  • Long-lasting (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (17)
    • General purpose (12)
    • Outdoors (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (18), Semi-pro photographer (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great for photograhy

    I have been using the flags to control light during my portrait shoots. Awesome! I bought the Matthews arms as well.

    Great product.

    Too expensive is my gripe.

    I have been using the flags to control light during my portrait shoots. Awesome! I bought the Matthews arms as well.

    Great product.

    Too expensive is my gripe.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Kinda Snappy (and not in a good way)

    So these are not durable. Yes they seem like good scrims and flags but when just nudged and not hard the polls will snap at the point where they meet the union. This isn't...Read complete review

    So these are not durable. Yes they seem like good scrims and flags but when just nudged and not hard the polls will snap at the point where they meet the union. This isn't such a fun thing to have happen for professional grade equipment. They do easily fit together and seem of decent quality apart from breaking... These would be a poor choice for outdoor use.

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    4.0

    new

    By Tito Trueba

    from México City

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Editorial
      • Fashion
      • General Use
      • Outdoors

      Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

      I will use this to help shaping the light I need for my shootings, I haven't used yet but seems to be well designed, for me it is important that it is collapsable so I can travel light, a pro it comes with color coded screens, the downside you can only use 2 screens at a time, but still I think it was a good purchase. I have been buying some matthews equipment for couple of years now and the gear seems strong enough to withstand the beat, well designed and intuitive to use.

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      5.0

      big help in small size

      By JustNic

      from Philadelphia,PA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Portability

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Outdoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

        often for me bring full size flags isn't an option this is a great kit. small and super portable. has saved my butt a few times

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        4.0

        great for traveling shoots

        By Tess the Producer

        from Brooklyn NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Color Value
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Flimsy

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors

        Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

        This is a great kit as it is compact and offers a lot of what you would need to enhance and influence the lighting during a shoot. It is super light weight and can fit pretty much anywhere in an existing equipment bag. The screens are good quality. They could possibly be more rugged but for the price you really can't go wrong

        I recommend this kit to anyone but especially someone doing smaller/traveling productions. These are great to use with fresnels. I use this for film and video shoots and it works wonderfully.

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        3.0

        Kinda Snappy (and not in a good way)

        By Ben

        from Portland, Oregon

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • Indoors

        Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

        So these are not durable. Yes they seem like good scrims and flags but when just nudged and not hard the polls will snap at the point where they meet the union. This isn't such a fun thing to have happen for professional grade equipment. They do easily fit together and seem of decent quality apart from breaking... These would be a poor choice for outdoor use.

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        4.0

        Amazingly efficient modifier kit

        By Onyxcinema

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy setup
        • Highly portable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors

          Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

          We do a lot of run and gun work and only have a small studio, so when it came to finding a proper light modifier kit, we really didn't want to big ourselves down with the contents of a 1 ton grip truck. I first heard of this kit from Stillmotion and how they are able to fly around the world with an interview lighting kit that all fits into a suitcase.

          This is a great discovery and is well worth the price. We have already brought it on a small narrative shoot and it did wonders. Obviously the modifier size leaves a bit to be desired, but I can't complain that much when it collapses to a size and weight that you can barely notice carrying.

          I wish they doubled up on silks and frames. I'll have to get another one of these kits in the near future :-)

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          4.0

          Super compact and lightweight

          By Steadimike

          from Los Angeles

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Small

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Night Time
          • Portraits

          Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

          It's a great system the help you bring around light modifiers when you don't have the space for full sized grip gear. The size of the frames leave much to be desired, but for the size and weight, it can't be beat.

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          4.0

          A compact, versatile solution

          By srenkin

          from atlanta, ga

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

          • General Use

          Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

          This is an ideal set of light modifiers for the small or single man crew. Slips into my rolling light bag and gives me greater control over my 1x1 LED lights and 150w fresnel.

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          5.0

          Excellent kit!

          By Arthur Woo

          from New York, New York

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

              Previously I was using large diffusion panels along with large black flags; these make life much easier especially if you're traveling! 18x24 fits most of my needs for close up/medium shots. These are fast to set up and break down as well - highly recommended to control your light. These have made it way easier for me to move around and can be held up by lightweight light stands.

              IF you're looking to use the diffuser for multiple subjects or need to flag out lights for a larger space, I'd recommend going with the larger kit.

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              5.0

              Top Gear

              By Ithaca Jeff

              from Ithaca, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors

                Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

                This kit is one of the most useful tools I have in my lighting gear. Ultra portable and very easy to set up. I love it.

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                4.0

                Great for photograhy

                By mikey from lightenupandshoot

                from medellin

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use

                  Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

                  I have been using the flags to control light during my portrait shoots. Awesome! I bought the Matthews arms as well.

                  Great product.

                  Too expensive is my gripe.

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                  5.0

                  Great for interviews

                  By DanMcComb

                  from Seattle

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attach Securely
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors

                    Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

                    This ultra-portable flags and silk kit is great for lighting interviews. The frame snaps together like tent poles, and the the flags have no seam across the top, which allows them to be used to partially block light without leaving a shadow. They're made for traveling.

                    This kit would be perfect if it had one more silk - I find myself wanting to use two silks more often than two flags. Other than that, perfect.

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                    5.0

                    NICE

                    By Romney

                    from New Orleans, LA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Attach Securely
                    • Good Color Value

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors

                      Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

                      I use this set for my table top shooting. It's looks better that holding
                      up pieces of foam core or other objects to modify the lights.

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                      5.0

                      Perfect fot eh one man production

                      By tpl

                      from asheville, nc

                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Attach Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Long-Lasting

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

                        This is a great simple bag of tool to have with your light kit. Get a couple of super clamps and it's all you need for most situations.

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                        5.0

                        Very nice product

                        By Pandy

                        from Medina, Oh

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attach Securely
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                        • Breaks easily

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light
                        • Outdoors
                        • Special Events

                        Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

                        I like this product, it's worth the cost. It's not as sturdy as I'd hoped but It does the job. I use it often. You should be careful when using it because the rods break rather easily.

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                        4.0

                        Expensive but good

                        By Image Generation

                        from Minneapolis, MN

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

                            I subtract a star for the high price they charge, but no one else is making such a compact, on-the-go product, so I bought it. I don't use it often but I like all the options it offers when needed.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent replacement for bulky flags

                            By HHFB Technical Coordinator

                            from Toronto, Canada

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Fast to setup
                            • Good value

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

                                We were looking for a small, light weight and ultra portable flag kit to replace our huge portfolio bags. We put this together with a lightweight "c-stand" (just a medium light stand with a grip head) and it does wonders. The little carry case that comes with it is perfect.

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                                4.0

                                Nice portable lighting control kit

                                By bsatchfield

                                from Tampa Bay, Florida

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attach Securely
                                • Convenient
                                • Durable
                                • Long-Lasting
                                • Portable

                                Cons

                                • Pricey

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Lighting control
                                • Outdoors

                                Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

                                The RoadRags Kit provides a convenient way to help control the lighting on set. The standard kit comes with two scrims, a flag and a diffusion silk. Each cloth piece slides on to a collapsable frame which then mounts to any standard C-Stand head or other clamping apparatus. Everything folds up and is stored in a small, lightweight bag that's easy to throw in with the rest of your lighting an grip gear. The kit is fairly sturdy and can be expanded by adding additional cloths. The only negative I would comment on is that it seems a little pricy. However, it is made by Matthews and I suspect will last a long time; if that's the case, the price is fair.

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                                5.0

                                Great way to control light on the road

                                By Robin - Director of Photography

                                from Ottawa, Canada

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Handy
                                • Long-Lasting
                                • Quick

                                Cons

                                • Small

                                Best Uses

                                • Anything not HMI
                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Night Time
                                • Outdoors

                                Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

                                Travels great
                                has everything you need to control light

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                                4.0

                                Sturdy, Lightweight, and versatile

                                By Mark

                                from Lawrence, Kansas

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versitile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors
                                  • Tight spaces

                                  Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

                                  This kit along with Matthews minigrip arms fit nicely in our Arri D-4 kit where the stands used to be. We've used them on three shoots so far and in tight quarters they offer great light control.

                                  Big enough to help soften a Keno-flo Diva and soft enough to control open face instruments.

                                  Downside is that the kit only comes with one of each silk, scrim or flag. We'll end up buying multiples for the kit. That's extra.

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                                  5.0

                                  Needed this YEARS ago!

                                  By YoPedro

                                  from Sun Valley, NV

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • 2 frames
                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Expandable
                                  • Low weight
                                  • Multiple fabics

                                  Cons

                                  • Needs Instructions

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • On Location
                                  • Outdoors

                                  Comments about Matthews RoadRags Kit - 18 x 24" (45.7x61cm):

                                  I've been using flags for as long as I've been shooting. I don't always need them, but when I do need one, it's great to have one on hand. Having a portable / collapsible flag and scrim system in a self-contained bag is wonderful. Being able to change out the fabrics, having two frames and the compactness of it all speaks for itself. The quality of each component is as high as one would expect from Matthews (MSE). This is my second Road Rags kit, the first being the Matthews Road Flags 4x4 Kit.
                                  I no longer have to tote around a piece of cardboard and finagle a way to mount it to a stand. Assembling the frame and fabric happens quite easily, and once mounted into to a proper mount, you can put this flag just about anywhere. Now that I've used this on several shoots, I've also noticed that I am more apt to automatically set up a flag, instead of just winging it. In the past I often just got by, hand holding a piece of cardboard, or any improvised object I could find, even using my hand when I had to.
                                  If you need to flag your lens, or cut some light from the subject, this is a great system. There's just nothing else out there.

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