. Even an elegant, clip-on, minimal matte box like the Pola Pro will set you back a good few hundred. We understand why cameras are expensive, but why should what is basically a box with slots and a few flaps cost so much? And do we really need one? Let look at the three fundamental functions of a matte box: holding filters, keeping stray light off the lens and looking impressive.
Taking those in reverse order:A matte box looks good on your cameraNot necessarily as vain and trivial as it might seem. I have known sound recordists working on commercials who have been told to hire in some more (unnecessary) equipment as the client was coming in and the kit did not look impressive enough. The cinematographer box of tricksThe problem with cheap matte boxesIf you want your matte box to….