The Manfrotto SYMPLA Flexible Mattebox is designed for cameras with interchangeable lenses; fitted on a Universal Mount, it slides backwards and forwards along SYMPLA rails, and has 50 mm (1.96") of vertical travel so that it can be aligned with different length lenses and heights. The mattebox has an elasticated textile lens seal that fits common lens diameters, and is built around a 90° swivel joint, which rotates the mattebox out of the way for fast lens changes. The weight of the Flexible Mattebox is fully supported by the SYMPLA rails (not by the camera lens) reducing stress on the camera's easily-damaged lens mount. Two 4x4" filters can be held in front of the lens – one of the filter holders rotates through 360 degrees, to allow a polarizing (or graduated) filter to be angled correctly.
The concertina rubber light hood is opened or closed, partially or fully, in an instant. More versatile than the traditional French flag design, it can shield unwanted directional glare from any angle without blocking light from the rest of the scene; in many cases, that can make a direct difference to the f-stop that can be used. Because the hood is flexible in length, it's universally compatible with lenses from wide-angle to tele-lens. It packs flat for transportability and, when open, protects the lens against knocks and scrapes. Being made of rubber, it won't hurt anyone who accidentally bumps into it... which means it's much safer for use in crowded places or close to sporting events. Another benefit of the flexible hood is that it can be used when shooting at an angle through glass: position the camera and extend and angle the hood so it forms a seal against the glass, thereby cutting out reflections. Repositionable ratchet locks on all movements.
Universally compatible with lenses from wide to long
Can press up against a window to block out all reflections
Protects lens when open; packs flat when closed for transport
One of two filter holders rotates to let the other be angled correctly
Mounts and moves along two 15mm rods
Vertically adjusts 50mm to align with any lens
Slides aside on a 90° hinge to facilitate lens swaps
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