Common as clockwork recently, SmallRig has introduced one more new Matte Field. What makes this one totally different from the SmallRig 3575 Mini Matte Field Lite, the 2660 Light-weight Matte Field, the 3196 Mini Matte Field or the 3680 Mini Matte Field Professional precisely? Properly, this one’s modular. It’s the SmallRig 3556 Modular Matte Field, and it is available in a bunch of various kits relying in your wants.
Thread adapters can be found to mount it to 67mm, 72mm, 77mm or 82mm lenses in addition to the choice to mount it to straightforward 15mm rods. This matte field additionally provides the power to drop within the new SmallRig Variable ND Filter Package that permits you to regulate the power with out having to the touch the filter itself – you’ll be able to even motorise it!
The “Star-Path” fundamental package comes with the clamp-on again to which all the things else attaches together with 4 thread adapter rings at 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm, a shading hood (that sits in entrance of the filters), a filter body that takes 4×5.65″ filters, a high flag and a carrying case. There’s a Star Path VND package which options all the things that’s within the fundamental package plus the VND Filter Package and the 15mm assist for mounting it to a regular 15mm rod rig – to be used with lenses smaller than 95mm in diameter.
However wait, there’s extra! Oh sure, SmallRig has additionally introduced a bigger model of it that’s known as the Revo-Arcane Primary Package package deal, which is rather like the Star Path Primary Package, besides it’s designed for bigger 114mm diameter lenses as an alternative of lenses with a most diameter of 95mm. This one comes with a bigger again, later high flag, bigger shading hood, the 15mm rod mount and a pair of aspect flags – no VND filter package, you’ll have to purchase that individually.
It seems like a reasonably respectable and versatile system. And, nicely, we must always hope so, on condition that SmallRig has pumped out so many matte packing containers over the past couple of years that they need to know what they’re doing by now. However my solely query is, why not do that sooner? I imply, they need to’ve identified for some time that they needed to do a modular matte field. So, why not simply begin off with a system that was extra future-proof and will develop and adapt to every consumer’s wants as new equipment have been launched reasonably than releasing 5 fully totally different matte field techniques and making customers really feel like they simply wasted cash when a brand new one will get introduced 5 minutes after they purchased the final one?
Positive, every of the SmallRig matte packing containers has its personal makes use of and advantages and I personal a few them myself (2660 and 3196) in addition to the Tilta Mini Matte Field and I’m pleased with all of them (principally). However when new ones maintain popping out each few months that assist a consumer’s wants higher than the earlier ones, it’s irritating for lots of consumers. And regardless that the SmallRig matte packing containers are comparatively cheap in the grand scheme of issues, it provides up actual fast when individuals find yourself needing to purchase a number of new ones to make the most of the brand new options they didn’t know have been coming on the time they purchased their outdated ones. Particularly in the event that they use a number of cameras and wish matching capabilities on all of them.
Anyway, for individuals who haven’t already purchased right into a matte field system, it seems like an important possibility, with a variable ND that not solely allows you to simply regulate it with out having to dig your fingers contained in the hood (like you need to with the earlier matte packing containers with screw-on VNDs) but in addition contains a 0.8 Mod sprocket to allow you to motorise it. If I didn’t have already got three matte packing containers, I’d most likely be grabbing a few these myself.
The SmallRig 3556 modular Star-Path Primary Package is accessible to pre-order now for $159. The 3645 Star-Path VND Package is accessible to pre-order now for $349. The Revo-Arcane fundamental Package can also be obtainable to pre-order now for $239.90 – which is outwardly discounted from a daily value of $279. Precisely how lengthy that low cost will final is unknown. All kits are anticipated to ship on the finish of July.