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#1 clyde villegas

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 10:01 PM

Can anyone provide a link for a DIY mattebox and rod support plans for the Canon XL series camera? Thanks guys.
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#2 Daniel Sheehy

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 12:29 AM

Have you tried searching first?
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 03:51 AM

Have you tried searching first?


Yes, but the ones I saw on the first few pages of the search engines look like cardboard and dont' look anything like a real mattebox. Also, they don't have guide rods. Of course, I'm not trying to look for a real professional stuff, otherwise, I'll just buy a real one. It's just that the DIY projects I saw were not good enough. Thanks.
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#4 Hal Smith

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 01:20 PM

Yes, but the ones I saw on the first few pages of the search engines look like cardboard and dont' look anything like a real mattebox. Also, they don't have guide rods. Of course, I'm not trying to look for a real professional stuff, otherwise, I'll just buy a real one. It's just that the DIY projects I saw were not good enough. Thanks.

Have a look at indiefocus' rods to give you a good start at a DIY mattebox. I haven't seen their rods and mounts in person but I've heard they're not bad for the price AND they'll take anything back if you can't use it. They say they have a 15% restock charge but if you can probably negotiate a deal to get a free look at them if you don't install anything.

http://indifocus.com...ndirailspro.htm
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#5 Daniel Sheehy

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 03:57 PM

Yes, but the ones I saw on the first few pages of the search engines look like cardboard and dont' look anything like a real mattebox. Also, they don't have guide rods. Of course, I'm not trying to look for a real professional stuff, otherwise, I'll just buy a real one. It's just that the DIY projects I saw were not good enough. Thanks.

As 100% make-it-yourself jobs, those are pretty much the only ones I've seen.

However you can cobble together a cheaper system using pro components bought cheaply here & there.
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#6 Taylor Rudd

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 01:01 PM

I was on the phone with Tim from Indifocus the other day.

They will be releasing a swing away matte box in January for ~$400
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