DIY cheap matte-box

Matte boxes are outrageously expensive for DSLR rigs and yet they are so important to use.
The cheapest matte-boxes start at a price of $300 and range up to many thousands.
I found a cheap alternative on eBay for under $10 for a filter holder, lens adapter ring and a nd filter.

Cokin P series filter holder

This is also an inexpensive way to use ND filters as you can get a broad selection of acrylic ND, both graduated and uniform for cheap prices.
The quality probably suffers considerably for the price but you can always get high quality glass filters for a bigger buck.
It is notable that the filter holder is best used on internal zoom and focus lenses.e.g L-series Canon glass.
The cool thing with the P-filter holder is it can hold up to 3 filters at once and is stackable!

P-filter holder is stackable

So in theory it should work as a matte box/hood. I havent tested it with more than one at a time, so I’m not sure how it’ll hold up against vignetting, especially with HD video in wide-angle. But your 50mm video lens should work like a charm.
Tip: get more than one filter ring adapter size, check with the lenses you have and get one for each size.
I have a 67 for my Tamron 17-50mm and 58 for my Canon EF 50mm f1.4
Hope this works as well for you as it has for me!


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