Wooden Camera just announced the launch of the Zip Box Pro, a lightweight, professional mattebox with diverse feature set, at an affordable price. The Wooden Camera Zip Box Pro is positioned as a mid-tier option sandwiched between the Wooden Camera’s high end, UMB-1 Universal Mattebox and the original, rubber Zip Box, often used by gimbal operators and those, who prefer a minimalistic, lightweight setup.
The pricing of the Wooden Camera Zip Box Pro starts at $399 for the Clamp-on version, $499 for the Swing-Away and goes up to $995 for the Compete Kit with all available clamp-on diameters options.
Last September at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam, I saw a prototype of the Zip Box Pro at the Wooden Camera stand, together with the WC BMPCC 4K cage and some of their awesome battery plates – for the full post from IBC 2018 see my post and video here.
The new lightweight and compact mattebox from Wooden Camera weighs about 12oz, and is compatible with various diameter lenses ranging from 80mm to 114mm, and can accept three 4 x 5.65 “Panavision size” filters that are loaded from the front. One or two filters can be tilted by offsetting them in the filter tray and leaning them back into the housing.
The Zip Box Pro includes a top flag made of lightweight carbon fibre which also covers the front of the mattebox for some added protection when packed in a bag and transported.
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The Wooden Camera Zip Box Pro is available in both Clamp-On and a Swing Away version that are easily convertible by removing the mattebox backs. Zip Box Pro (Swing Away) attaches to 15mm lightweight rods and swings away for easy lens changes. The Swing bracket can also be tilted by loosening two screws on the side. The same two screws also allow for vertical adjustability of 4mm up and 4mm down from lens center.
The Zip Box Pro (Clamp On) attaches directly to the front of a lens using dedicated backs of 114, 110, 104, 100, 95, 87, and 80mm. Backs can be swapped tool-lessly using the four thumbscrews.
The new Wooden Camera Zip Box Pro seems like a really good option for shooters using lightweight S35 cameras like the Panasonic EVA1, FS7s, C200’s or 4K mirrorless rigs based around GH5’s/Sony Alpha series or similar.