by Tim Fok | 18th January 2017
Last year, Wooden Camera announced the Zip Box, a lightweight mattebox-style solution that clips to the front of your lens for 4X4 and 4X5.65 filters. They have now extended their lineup to include 138mm round filters, a dual filter version and clip-on flags. The new 138mm Round Zip Box comes in 4 sizes- 110-115mm, 100-105mm, 90-95mm and 80-85mm. These measurements relate to the front diameter of your lens, the varying size is reserved for cine lenses. If you’re a stills lens shooter then you’ll want the smallest 80-85mm Zip Box, and step all your lenses up to the same front diameter with adaptor rings. The new 138mm round filters that the Zip Box lightweight mattebox now supports is great news for compact anamorphic shooters seeking a good solution for conventional diopters. Another newcomer to the line-up is the Zip Box Double, which, as its name implies, will hold two filters. The Zip Box Double are available for 4X4 and 4×5.65 filters, and again each respective Zip Box is available in 4 diameter sizes. The final new announcement is the Zip Box Flag Set. This shows Wooden Camera’s clear intentions of having the Zip Box compete in the lightweight mattebox market. The flag set comes as a set of 3, one top and two sides. They work with all three types of Zip Box – 4X4, 4X5.65 and 138mm round. They are tool-less and made of lightweight plastic. Here are the dimensions of the flags: Side Flag: Weight: 18g (0.04 lbs.) Dimensions: 203.2 x 101.6 x 2.54 mm (8 x 4 x 0.1 in) Top Flag: Weight: 24g (0.05 lbs.) Dimensions: 254 x 114.3 x 2.54 mm (10 x 4.5 x 0.1 in) All: Weight: 70g (0.155 lbs.) Dimensions: 25.4 x 177.8 x 330.2 mm (1 x 7 x 13 in) The Zip Box concept is a clever design that enables you to use filters otherwise reserved for more conventional and usually bulky mattebox solutions, adding very little weight and footprint to your rig. Wooden Camera initially announced the 4X4 and 4X5.65 Zip Box back in September, and these new additions to their line-up are certainly a welcome expansion. Why Would I Want A Wooden Camera Zip Box? There are two main audiences the Zip Box will target. The first is seasoned professionals that seek a very lightweight mattebox solution for their filtration. They have a large filter collection in industry-standard sizing and are looking for something that will work with a weight-conscious rig, such as for a gimbal setup or drone camera. The second is the filmmaker advancing from either screw-on style filters such as fader NDs or ND sets for photography, or a camera that doesn’t have in-built ND, or both. These are filmmakers that perhaps aren’t looking for the other advantages of a true mattebox system and would benefit from keeping their rig small. The Zip Box will allow filmmakers like this to advance to professional filtration, without the added bulk of a full mattebox. It’s a smart move: if you buy the right filters in these sizes you really won’t outgrow them. Pricing varies according to what package you go for. The nice thing with these is that you can buy them in sets to ensure you filters work on every type of lens. PRICING & AVAILABILITY: Wooden Camera Zip Box Round Wooden Camera Zip Box Double Zip Box Flag Set What’s your favourite lightweight mattebox solution? Let us know in the comments below.Read more
by Tim Fok | 10th September 2016
You know those products where you think, “Why hasn’t anyone designed one of those before?” Well, Wooden Camera has just done something like that with the new Zip Box, an incredibly lightweight filter tray series for industry standard 4X4″ and 4X5.65″ filters. There’s many a time when you’ll be trying to save weight, and not in the eating-less sense. Gimbal devices, drone setups, nimble run n’ gun; they all require lightweight camera configurations. Filmmakers will also find themselves in situations where either their cameras won’t have internal ND, they’ll want more control than what is available with in-camera filtration, or the variable NDs carry too many unwanted characteristics. This is when you turn to a mattebox. However, this is also when your rig starts to get heavier and more expensive. Enter the Wooden Camera Zip Box, a very simple rubber hood that houses a single industry standard-sized filter, much like a lightweight clip-on mattebox. Unlike a lightweight clip-on mattebox, however, the Zip Box comes in at a very affordable sub $100 price. How does the Zip Box work? Very simply, you insert the filter into the rubber, the shape of which holds the filter in place. A metal clamp on the back then ensures the Zip Box holds onto the outer diameter of the lens. Wooden Camera has included compatibility for two industry standard filter sizes: 4X4″ and 4X5.65″. Lens diameter sizes vary quite a lot, however. Therefore, Wooden Camera are releasing 3 Zip Box sizes, including 80-85mm, 90-95mm and 110-115mm (this one available in 4X5.65″ only). Not to be confused with internal diameter of the end of your lens (the filter thread size), the Zip box measurements are for the outer diameter. For example, a stills lens with an 82mm filter thread will more than likely have an 85mm outer diameter. Wooden Camera ensures all stills lenses are compatible (including very small ones) by offering a set of step-up rings, increasing the outer diameter of your lens to 85mm. If you rent a lot of different lenses or have a large collection of different-sized lenses, then you’ll be pleased to know that you can buy the Wooden Camera Zip Box in sets. Simply choose your desired filter size and get 2 or 3 Zip Boxes in a bundle, including the step-up rings. I really like the look of these; a full set in either size is priced way under my Bright Tangerine Misfit Atom lightweight mattebox (despite it having advantages with speed of operation and expansion). The Wooden Camera Zip Box smashes the theory of having to bulk up in size and cost should you want to use proper filtration. With IBC happening now, Wooden Camera have also announced a power distribution D-Box for the DSMC2 REDs and Ultra Arm set for monitor and accessory mounting.Read more
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