Shopping for Professional Matte Boxes
Matte boxes are video production accessories that attach to the ends of lenses and block stray light from hitting the surfaces of the lenses, also known as lens flaring. Using filters on the lenses increases the chances of lens flaring, which produces glares in the final images. Besides reducing the lens flaring, DSLR matte boxes can help you hold several professional video lens attachments and converters in front of your lenses.
Why Use Camera Matte Boxes for Lens Flaring?
While most cameras come with lens shades that limit lens flaring, they aren't as effective and don't offer the level of control that matte boxes do. With the help of professional video matte box filter holders, you can also use drop-in filters with a matte box to give you options that are more creative in your shots. What's more, lens shades come in specific sizes for specific lenses, which means you may spend extra time swapping out filters and adapters when switching lenses during a shoot. A wooden camera universal matte box, on the other hand, is compatible with all lenses, saving you a significant amount of time.
Professional Matte Box Types
Matte boxes come in two main categories: lens-mounted and rod-mounted boxes. As the name suggests, lens-mounted boxes are supported by the lens frames. They're lightweight and don't require any professional video matte box accessories such as rods and rigs. This is especially useful for run-and-gun videography. If you're using varying filter threads on your lenses, you need to invest in different professional video matte box adapter rings. Rod-mounted boxes rest on rods, not on lens frames. This allows you to quickly and easily change lenses during a shoot.
Whether you're using camcorders or DSLRs, check out B&H Photo and Video's wide selection of matte boxes to choose the right type and size for your video shooting needs.