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SmallRig releases yet one more matte field system – fifth time fortunate?

Common as clockwork currently, SmallRig has introduced yet one more new Matte Field. What makes this one completely different from the SmallRig 3575 Mini Matte Field Lite, the 2660 Light-weight Matte Field, the 3196 Mini Matte Field or the 3680 Mini Matte Field Professional precisely? Effectively, this one’s modular. It’s the SmallRig 3556 Modular Matte Field, and it is available in a bunch of various kits relying in your wants.

Thread adapters can be found to mount it to 67mm, 72mm, 77mm or 82mm lenses in addition to the choice to mount it to straightforward 15mm rods. This matte field additionally affords the flexibility to drop within the new SmallRig Variable ND Filter Package that permits you to modify the energy with out having to the touch the filter itself – you may even motorise it!

The “Star-Path” primary package comes with the clamp-on again to which every part else attaches together with 4 thread adapter rings at 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm, a shading hood (that sits in entrance of the filters), a filter body that takes 4×5.65″ filters, a prime flag and a carrying case. There’s a Star Path VND package which options every part that’s within the primary package plus the VND Filter Package and the 15mm assist for mounting it to a normal 15mm rod rig – to be used with lenses smaller than 95mm in diameter.

However wait, there’s extra! Oh sure, SmallRig has additionally introduced a bigger model of it that’s known as the Revo-Arcane Fundamental Package bundle, which is rather like the Star Path Fundamental Package, besides it’s designed for bigger 114mm diameter lenses as an alternative of lenses with a most diameter of 95mm. This one comes with a bigger again, later prime flag, bigger shading hood, the 15mm rod mount and a pair of facet flags – no VND filter package, you’ll have to purchase that individually.

It seems to be like a fairly first rate and versatile system. And, effectively, we should always hope so, provided that SmallRig has pumped out so many matte bins over the past couple of years that they need to know what they’re doing by now. However my solely query is, why not do that sooner? I imply, they have to’ve recognized for some time that they needed to do a modular matte field. So, why not simply begin off with a system that was extra future-proof and will develop and adapt to every person’s wants as new equipment had been launched somewhat than releasing 5 utterly completely different matte field programs and making customers really feel like they simply wasted cash when a brand new one will get introduced 5 minutes after they purchased the final one?

Positive, every of the SmallRig matte bins has its personal makes use of and advantages and I personal a few them myself (2660 and 3196) in addition to the Tilta Mini Matte Field and I’m proud of all of them (largely). However when new ones maintain popping out each few months that assist a person’s wants higher than the earlier ones, it’s irritating for lots of consumers. And regardless that the SmallRig matte bins are comparatively cheap in the grand scheme of issues, it provides up actual fast when folks find yourself needing to purchase a number of new ones to benefit from the brand new options they didn’t know had been coming on the time they purchased their previous ones. Particularly in the event that they use a number of cameras and wish matching capabilities on all of them.

Anyway, for individuals who haven’t already purchased right into a matte field system, it seems to be like an ideal choice, with a variable ND that not solely allows you to simply modify it with out having to dig your fingers contained in the hood (like it’s a must to with the earlier matte bins with screw-on VNDs) but additionally contains a 0.8 Mod sprocket to allow you to motorise it. If I didn’t have already got three matte bins, I’d most likely be grabbing a few these myself.

The SmallRig 3556 modular Star-Path Fundamental Package is accessible to pre-order now for $159. The 3645 Star-Path VND Package is accessible to pre-order now for $349. The Revo-Arcane primary Package can also be obtainable to pre-order now for $239.90 – which is outwardly discounted from an everyday value of $279. Precisely how lengthy that low cost will final is unknown. All kits are anticipated to ship on the finish of July.

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