The RoadFlags II Frame is part of a system of light controls made by Matthews for the mobile photographer or videographer who needs to travel fast and light. The 48 x 48" metal frame sets up and breaks down into 4 pieces in seconds and fits in an optional 15 x 49" carry case.
- Frame Breaks Down into 4 Pieces
Matthews RoadFlag II Overview
Matthews RoadFlag II Specs
|Package Weight||4 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||48.5 x 5.5 x 0.5"|
Matthews RoadFlag II Reviews
I love this frame for how big it is and how easy it is to travel with. It is way easier to bring on set and put it in a light stand case than having one that doesn't break down, even the newer 40'' frames. You can buy multiple fabrics which is great to. I have the silk and black fabrics. Only complaint is that it didn't come with any velcro, straps or a system to keep it together when traveling. I wish they had more fabric options and made one that could be used as a book light... maybe some day!
Good concept. Functionality is ok and build is ok. I just think they really missed the purpose of having the frame break down. It doesn't fit it most tripod cases. Doesn't fit in most stand cases. There is no case or sleeve or even Velcro wrap to keep them together. I find them difficult to travel even in the car. Sure it's easier that a built 4x4 but it's still difficult to move around.
Amazing for travel
These frames are the best way to get 4x4 frames without the giant footprint in your vehicle. They're great
An improvement over the first generation.
Handy and portable.
Good luck making one yourself for less $$
Everyone - myself included - complains about the price of Matthews equipment. But you can't complain about the functionality. This might seem overpriced for what it is, but you'll forget about the money spent once you've used it a handful of times with no complaints. Screw those annoying popup reflectors/scrims. Get a real tool that works every time without needing a voice actuated stand every time you set it up.
Does exactly what it's supposed to. It's strong and doesn't flex or bend like a cheap product would, and even though it isn't lightweight, it doesn't weight a ton either. I can't tell but it feels like there might be magnets in the connecting pieces because the attach easily and seem to like to stay put... maybe it's just good manufacturing. Anyway, I like it - just wish it came with the bag.
A number of years back I bought the Matthews 4x4 kit which is packed in a 48 x 28 soft case. That case takes up to much room in my minivan package. The redesign of this 48 frame is much more compact and easier to load.
Matthews. Best lesson in buying once, buy it for life. I have gear from the 90s still going strong. That said, this is pretty simple. But well made. Will need a case eventually and might want something bigger than the matthew's.
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