April 21, 2015
NAB 2015

Wooden Camera Introduces New Toys, Including an Upgradable Swing-Away Matte Box

Wooden Camera has come out with a few new items to add to their already impressive line of camera accessories, including a new matte box, magic arm, a power distribution box called the D-Box, mounts, and more.

Universal Matte Box

From Wooden Camera:

The UMB-1 base is designed to be upgradable and quick to transition from base, to clamp on, to swing away, to ultralight when using a stabilizer. Upgradable to Swing Away or Clamp On versions when needed.

  • two rotating 4x5.65 filter stages (with an optional third stage available)
  • individual tray catchers
  • folding French flag
  • 143mm diameter opening
  • a height adjustable 15mm LW rod bracket (can be adapted to studio rods)
  • a universal cloth donut with easy to grab finger loops
  • NATO standard accessory rails on left, right, and top for attaching accessories.

Prices range from $995 (base) to $1995 (pro)

Magic Arm

  • NATO standard quick release and clamp on each end
  • ratcheting center thumbscrew with rosette
  • stainless steel ball-joint construction
  • rail portion can bolt into a 1/4-20 or 3/8-16 hole using the included screws
  • rail is threaded for 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 so accessories can screw into it
  • compatible with RED Swat Rails, Zacuto Z-Rails, and many 3rd party NATO products

The price for the Magic Arm is $259.

D-Box

The D-Box allows you to select your own power outputs with a maximum draw of 10A. There are several versions available that have different numbers of output slots and mounts. You can choose between:

  • 2 pin LEMO
  • 4 pin LEMO
  • 4 pin Hirose
  • 3 pin Fischer
  • D-Tap
  • USB
  • Blank

Prices range from $319 to $670 depending on the version you choose.

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I got this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/FOTGA-DP3000-Universal-Camera-Systems/dp/B00ENFEQ1W

It might not be the best engineered in the world, but it more than did the job on our feature (shooting outdoors, 24 days in a row, often in strong sunshine) - and it doesn't leave you with that sickening feeling that you've just shelled out $2,000 for a basic Meccano set that an engineering company had lying around.

April 21, 2015 at 8:42PM

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Alex Richardson
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looks like great products but if they aim at indie film-makers they are totally overpriced. I think $300 for a passive adapter is ridiculous, but I can understand why they need the margins if they intend to open a store in LA and sell 1 unit a week.

I would be interested in the matbox if the price was 1/10th or around $200.

April 22, 2015 at 2:46AM

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Joakim
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$259 for an articulating arm? That's taking the piss.

April 22, 2015 at 4:48AM

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Form these guys I would by a wooden matte box only.

April 22, 2015 at 5:05AM, Edited April 22, 5:05AM

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Einar Gabbassoff
D&CD at Frame One Studio
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I love Wooden Camera. Not cheap but everything just works. Solid. I mix and match their stuff with Tilta parts. Complaining about their prices is like being upset that there is no $3000 Alexa. Oh wait, there is - it's a Blackmagic camera.

April 22, 2015 at 12:25PM

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Jan Becker
Director Producer DP
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Almost glossed over, Wooden Camera dealers Abel Cine, Band Pro and VTP are also located in Burbank, California. Another Wooden Camera dealer, EVS, technically in Glendale, but only about 1 mile away from the new Wooden Camera location. So there are 4 Wooden Camera dealers within 5 minutes of each other. By saying that Wooden Camera is opening a store to "better serve" the area, is like saying that those dealers suck. A manufacturer alienating and competing with their dealers by opening up their own direct sale shop just down the street takes some mighty big balls.

April 23, 2015 at 12:30AM

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While it does sound ridiculous to have so many dealers in one area, I have had nothing but bad experiences with some of those dealers so I'd gladly just do business directly with the manufacturer.

April 28, 2015 at 3:17PM

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