Matthews 6x6' Overhead Fabric - White Artificial Silk

Matthews Butterfly/Overhead Fabric - 6x6' - White Artificial Silk

Matthews Butterfly/Overhead Fabric - 6x6' - White Artificial Silk

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Also known as "Rags" these are the materials that are tied to the Butterfly/Overhead frame.

For many years, only the basic materials were used such as scrims to reduce light, silk to diffuse light and solid to eliminate light.

More recently many new materials have been added to allow many degrees of diffusion (Grid Cloths, Black Silks, etc.) plus many new reflective materials are now available to make large reflectors for both sunlight and artificial light such as Matthflectors, Grifflectors and Lames.

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Matthews 309084 specs

Fabric White Artificial Silk
Size 6' x 6' (1.8 x 1.8m)
Approx. Light Loss 1.6 Stops
Webbing Color Gold
Primary Use Softens and diffuses direct light, and introduces a significant amount of ambient bounce
Safety Characteristics Self Extinguishing
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 9.5 x 2.0"

Matthews 309084 reviews

6x6' Overhead Fabric - White Artificial Silk is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good fabric, expensive frame Haven't used it in production yet, but it looks like other fabric I've used and I like the reinforcement bands at the corners. I refuse to pay the ridiculous amount of money companies charge for frames, so I built my own. Just go to a home improvement store, get a few bars of 1/2 metal conduit and four elbows, plus a hacksaw if you don't have one. For literally one-tenth of what the rip-off companies charge, you can build your own strong, lightweight frame.
Date published: 2010-07-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too much light loss The stated 1.6 stop light loss is not based on typical working distances from subjects. My light meter is showing a light loss of over 2 stops at less than a foot away from this fabric. If you're hoping to use this fabric in an all natural light set up using reflectors only and no strobes or flashes you'd be sadly disappointed. You have to put a LOT of reflected light on the subject in order for the background not to be blown out. A white reflector will only allow you to get lighting strong enough for closeups which defeats the purpose of having a 6x6. To get a wider shot you'd have to use a blinding high output reflector. Squinting subjects don't make for good portraits. As much as I love my strobes and flashes I was hoping to have this product be a part of an all natural light set up. Unfortunately I'm going to have to look for something else.
Date published: 2012-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Fabric Made a 6x6' frame out of electrical conduit. This fabric fits the frame perfectly. Great soft diffusion.
Date published: 2011-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well made equipment This is a basic piece of grip gear which is well made and should last many years. It features strong stitch work and firm grommets. It comes with white ties as well so it's good to go.
Date published: 2015-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works perfectly - 6X6 White Artificial Silk This Matthews product is multi - faceted as is holds up perfectly as diffusion, bonce and backdrop. Puts up with all the rigors associated with travel and tons of use.
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all around silk to keep in a kit I primarily use this silk in a 6x6 frame, but often enough it comes in hand over softboxes, umbrellas, and large direct sun windows.
Date published: 2012-12-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Light loss is higher than rated The light loss is higher than the rated 1.6 stops. Terrible for all natural light set ups using reflectors.
Date published: 2012-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Matthews Quality Like all Matthews (MSE) Products this is extremely well made and a great value for the money!
Date published: 2011-05-14
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