Filters for Video Part II: Matte Boxes and Lens Filtration Accessories

On this video (the second part of a series), photographer and videographer Caleb Pike from DSLR Video Shooter takes a look at filters and filtration systems and in particular on matte boxes and Lens filtration accessories.

Pike starts by explaining how to attach Matte Boxes into your lens – either directly on the lens or using rods or both. Next he looks at 3 different Matte Boxes at 3 different price ranges:

There are all sorts of things that you learn when using different configurations of lenses and matte boxes – for example lenses which have zoom that extends do not work all that good with a rod based system. There are also tons of adapters and accessories that you can use and Pike seems to have quite a bit of experience playing  with many of them and it is a good idea to check his site for details of some of the other accessories he talks about.

A Genustech Matte Box on a Sony video camera


If you missed the first episode in this series which is (and extensive) general guide to different filters for video work – make sure you check it out here.

we have looked at filters for video work. Earlier this year we published Canon’s video on the subject entitled: “Canon Talks Filters for Shooting Video” which also provides a very decent background for beginners. We have also covered different types of filters including HD Variable Neutral Density Filter by Fader,using filters for shooting waterfallsFotodiox WonderPana FreeArc filters for Wide-Angle LensesHow to Use ND Grads: a Step by Step Guide and more.

You can watch more HDSLR and video techniques on our dedicated HDSLR channel here on LensVid. Also be sure to check out our guides on photography gear guides – here on LensVid.