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#1 John M

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 11:09 AM

Looking for some idea for an eye/fill light with a matte box. I've built up ring lights that can slip over a lens but this is only good for one lens diameter. Is there any ideas for mounting something right to a matte box frame? This is very low budget DSLR shooting so the Kamio Flo 6 system, although ideal, is not going to happen.

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#2 Adam Brown

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:01 PM

Hey,

Not sure what size you built your ring-light setup for, but you can get step-up/down adapters for whatever new size filter thread you're working with. So, if you've got a 77mm ring light setup, you can just easily buy a $5-10 step-up adapter to get you from 58mm or whatever up to that 77mm thread size.

This is a very cheap solution, obviously and might work out with your existing setup!?

Hope this helps!
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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:04 PM

I will often make a little box out of foamcore with some diffusion on the front and a small bulb in it and just tape it to the top of the mattebox; if possible.
You just need something "white" to catch in the eyes, which are VERY reflective.
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#4 John M

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 11:46 AM

Thanks for the replies. Adrian, I went with your approach as my Matte box has the Matte frame on the front that I can affix some L.E.D lights to. I ordered a 100cm strip of cool white 6000 K strip lights. I figure I can gel them if I want to play with colour temps.
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