Sachtler Ace Matte Box

Sachtler Ace Matte Box

Sachtler Ace Matte Box

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Sachtler Ace Matte Box

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Product Highlights

  • Reduces / Prevents Glare and Lens Flare
  • 15mm Rod Mount, Reversible Rod Bridge
  • Supports Small and Large Lenses
  • Rear Clamping Interface
  • Two Filter Stages, One Rotating
  • Adjustable Top and Side Flags
  • Two 4 x 4" Filter Frames
  • Two 4 x 5.65" Filter Frames
  • Two Different Sized Neoprene Rings
  • Two 1/4"-20 Accessory Mounting Bars
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  • 1Description

The Sachtler Ace Matte Box features a reversible 15mm rod bridge that allows you to mount the matte box on rigs with both large and small diameter lenses. The rod bridge can be screwed on right-side-up or upside-down to provide either 3.3" or 4.3" of distance between the center of the support rod to the center of the rear clamping interface. Once mounted, it secures with just a single lever.

The Ace Matte Box features two filter stages, one fixed and the rear one rotating up to 90° left or right. Included are adjustable top and side flags, two 4 x 4" and two 4 x 5.65" filter frames, and two different-sized neoprene rings. The flags gently clip on and fix into desired positions when you tighten each one's lever. The filter frames click into place as you insert them while holding a release button. The neoprene rings slide over your lenses to block out any light coming in through the back. They can be cut if necessary for larger lenses.

Two small accessory bars are available on the top of the matte box, each featuring two 1/4"-20 threads for mounting articulating arms, lights, mics, and other accessories.

Key Features
  • 15mm rod mount matte box for reducing/preventing glare and lens flare
  • Reversible 15mm rod bridge allows use with large and small lenses
  • Rear clamping interface
  • Two filter stages: one fixed, one rotating
  • Includes top and side flags, two 4 x 4" and two 4 x 5.65" filter frames, and two neoprene rings
  • Two small accessory bars, each featuring two 1/4"-20 accessory mounting threads
In the Box
Sachtler Ace Matte Box
  • 2 x 4 x 4" Filter Frames
  • 2 x 4 x 5.65" Filter Frames
  • Reversible 15mm Rod Bridge
  • Adjustable Top Flag
  • Adjustable Side Flags
  • 2 x Neoprene Rings (Different Sizes)
  • Allen Key
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Additional 1-Year Limited Warranty with Product Registration
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Rod Support 15 mm
    Payload 2.2 lb (1 kg) in accessories on each side
    Max Lens Diameter Supported 143 mm
    Rod Bridge Height Small diameter lens configuration: 3.3" (8.5 cm) (center of support rod to center of rear clamping interface)

    Large diameter lens configuration: 4.3" (10.9 cm) (center of support rod to center of rear clamping interface)
    Weight 2 lb (0.9 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.646 x 9.291 x 6.221"
    Ace Matte Box is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid build, great design This is the sturdiest matt box I've seen. All rigid ABS plastic. The flags stay put with one knob to tighten or remove. But, the side flags are one piece so they can't be reduced in height to fold in. You have to remove them for storage. No big deal due to the one knob design.
    Date published: 2015-11-20
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Update: Wooden Camera univeral cloth donut fits Nothing to retract about my previous review, those darn little plastic buttons still rattle. However new is that the Wooden Camera universal cloth donut which I ordered from B&H fit the Sachtler Ace Matte Box perfectly. Although the Sachtler specifications curiously don't state it, the Ace Matte Box does have a standard 143mm donut clamp. The universal cloth donut is an essential accessory for adapting Cine-Mod photo lenses, like the Nikkor AIs and Zeiss ZF lenses I am using via an adapter. The cloth donut allows you to fit the matte box to a lens shade or simple 77mm filter adapter or simply the lens barrel as you see fit, and to take up the slack as you focus the lens and the lens breathes. The combination of equipment looks good like it was designed to be together. Vintec! Sachtler! Why don't you provide an accessory like this, preferably at no extra cost with your expensive-enough Matte Box? If I would buy another Matte Box, I would look carefully at the nice, more expensive one from Wooden Camera.
    Date published: 2015-11-06
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice overall, has a rattle I use this with other Ace accessories such as the Follow Focus and Base Plate. It was not clear to me initially that the base of the Matte Box could be reversed to extend its height 1 extra above the rods, but this is a very useful feature. I am discovering more about it since having it for awhile, the most important one is that the filter holder release buttons very much rattle, which is a major issue and why I rate it as low as I do. These plastic, spring-tensioned buttons are on the matte box proper and only rattle when the filter holders are inserted, with the filter holders removed the spring presses them tightly. Many other features are excellent, such as the strong plastic construction to keep weight down, and the nice design of the flags. One other thing to know is that in case you are using them with a DSLR or mirrorless camera with prime lenses, you probably need a universal cloth donut from another manufacturer. I currently have one on order and will try this out. The matte box has a 143mm clamp, which is a standard size. The standard donuts supplied will probably not work for you in this case. Overall, if I had known about the rattle, I maybe would not have bought this unit and spent more money on a more professional matte box.
    Date published: 2015-10-31
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