I’ve been using this matte box for the past 4 years. The quality is great, lightweight and has the ability to be used with a wide variety of cinema lenses. Now that I purchased another camera, it only makes sense to pair both cameras with a great Matt box.
Product QualityNeeds WorkGoodExcellent
Price / ValueExpensiveOKGreat
What kind of content do you create?Narrative (long and short), Commercials, & Music Videos
What Camera System do you use this with?ARRIBlackmagic DesignREDSony
Look, you pay $100 for a Fotga Matte Box, you're gonna get a $100 matte box made of cheap plastic. You pay a bit more for a Tilta, you're getting solid metal and high quality plastics. Materials matter when you're carrying this thing around. It's easily the best matte box for the price.
Minor gripe is with the fitting of the forced mattes that come with the box. They insert, and are held in place by 4 small bumps inside the plastic frame of the box. However, they take a lot of effort to put in, and that exertion causes those bumps to get scratched up easily. Scratches mean resale value loss for me, so I have to give it a knock for this. Otherwise, it's stellar.
Most people will tell you that you only need a matte box to look more professional and charge more. Others will tell you that it's necessary and to go with Polar Pro. Both statements are kinda trash. Matte boxes give you additional control over how light affects you image like flares and hazing. The best thing about them is the filter choice. Enter Tilta's matte box solution. It clamps on, it's lightweight, it's got 3 stages for rotating polarizers, NDs, hot mirrors or IR Cut filters, diopters and more. It's a major leap above Polar Pro and if you want variable ND, you can just get a rotating polarizer and a 4x5.65 CP filter and stack them - that's how VNDs are made. This is the best bang for the buck and the next best option is almost 6 grand from Arri. Tilta has outdone themselves with this!