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Aluminum Flags, metal nets and clamping gel frames?


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#1 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 10:58 PM

After finding one of our newly re-covered flags with a big melt hole along one side from someone setting it too close to a light and finding several rips in the nets from dry rot, I was wondering why the flags wheren't made out of 8th in aluminum plate painted w/ light absorbing paint and why the diffusion didn't have metal net like the ones that slipped in behind the barn doors, welded to the gel frame. Does anyone make aluminum flag and metal nets and if not, why not? Surely I'm not the first person to think of this. You could even create 4x4 floppies w/ 2 plates, a hinge and a simple locking mechanism. Also why don't gel frames have locking clips on all 4 sides rather than having to take the time to tape gels to frames? It seem to me clamps would be much more effecient.
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#2 Barry Cheong

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 11:34 PM

Matthew's make a variety of metal high temperature products as you've described:

http://www.msegrip.c...igh temperature

I've never used them before myself. They're about 2x the cost for the metal version.
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#3 Bob Hayes

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 09:48 PM

I try to carry a couple of metal flags and use them often. They work great when cutting very hot lights.
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