Cheap DSLR Matte Box That Will Only Cost You $40

Ok so maybe I lied a little in the title, it isn’t a full matte box but rather what most people would ever use in a matte box, and that is flags and aesthetics.

$40 Matte Box Tutorial

If you own or want a DSLR matte box be honest with yourself… How often do you actually use filters on it? There are really 3 functions of a matte box:

  1. Filtration
  2. Lens protection from light
  3. Aesthetics (looks more professional in front of your clients)

Most people only really need or want function 2 and 3. So why spend a bag of cash on a matte box when you could get the same features for $40?

What You Need

french-flagLens Shade

If you want something new or don’t have an old french flag, I recommend Dinkum Systems flags. You could also make your own matte box french flag to save even.


Friction Arm

friction-arm

There are tons of different friction arms online. You can spend as little as $10 on one. Or put a little more toward a nice one like the Kamerar Monitor arm like the one I used in the video.

Do you have a hack/Mod/DIY project for matte boxes or other gear? Feel free to share it!

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