It’s official, I now own three Bright Tangerine matte boxes. The latest in my collection is the perfect tool for those situations where size and weight matter most. The Misfit is the smallest matte box in the Bright Tangerine lineup, but don’t let it’s size fool you. It’s one of the lightest matteboxes on the market at right around .77lbs (352g) with two filter stages and trays. What does this mean? It means you can use this mattebox in pretty much any situation and not worry about the added weight like a lot of other options out there. For the past 3 months I’ve had the Misfit rigged up on a gimbal, a steadicam, a technocrane, tripod, dolly, hand held, and even on a car mount. Not once has it’s size and weight been an issue.
One of my favorite features is the ability to go from a two stage matte box to a three stage and back again in literally 5 seconds with the “Reveal” system. If you don’t believe me, watch this.
What does this mean for you? It means if you’re not in need of three filter stages, you can cut the weight down and collapse the reveal system to two stages. Or if your need a third stage, just expand the reveal system back out. Not only is this an exclusive feature, it’s the only lightweight matte box on the market that has this option. I can’t even begin to tell you how handy this is. I’ll speak a little later on how you can even add a rotating 138mm filter bellows on the rear. Whats even more impressive is that there is no light leakage at all. Alien technology if you ask me.
My second favorite feature is the rigging options. The Misfit is ideal for clamp on applications but it can also be rod mounted with the optional adapters here, and ever more impressively can become a swing away matte box with the purchase of the swing away arm here. This operation takes another 5 seconds for setup, just slide it on the dovetail and tighten down the lever. It’s also worth noting that the BT brackets have a vertical rise system that allows 10.5mm of vertical height adjustment to help line up and center your matte box regardless of your setup as well as 12.5mm of vertical adjustment with the swing away arm (Because sometimes our rigs just don’t line up perfectly). This makes the matte box incredibly versatile and suited for pretty much any use. The Bright Tangerine Viv also has these same options, albeit at the cost of a bit more size and weight. The Viv is a cross between the Misfit and the studio sized Strummer DNA models. What I love about the swing away option is when doing a traditional production, swapping lenses is the same process as any other studio swing away matte box. Though it accomplishes it in a smaller form factor, with less weight, and packed with additional features not available on systems triple it’s price tag. No longer do you have to deal with tradeoffs of the other systems. You get a 3 in 1 system with Bright Tangerine. Recently Bright Tangerine has included a height adjustment
The Misfit is one of the only lightweight matte boxes available that also has the option of top and side flags. The flags are compatible with the Viv matte box as well. Both top and side flags have adjustable wings, are incredibly lightweight, and constructed of carbon fibre like the matte box itself. The great thing about their flag system is that the alloy axles are attached to the flag itself so if you want to cut down on weight, you just remove the flags and lose the extra weight that would typically be permanent on other systems. An ingenious feature that was thoroughly thought out. This feature is found throughout the entire BT matte box lineup.
One thing I touched on earlier was the option for a 138mm rotating filter. With the purchase of the 143mm clamp on back (Clamp on backs take 30 seconds to install and various clamp on rings are available for each back depending on your needs), you can then purchase the 143mm-114 bellows ring with built in 138mm circular filter ring when using the swing away arm or rod mount option. Again, just goes to show the versatility and adaptability of the Misfit and Bright Tangerine system in general. Since I own a Strummer DNA, Viv, and Misfit, I am able to swap accessories between all three without having to purchase additional pieces.
Another important feature throughout the entire Bright Tangerine lineup is the incredibly wide field of view. Ever get tired of your matte box vignetting on wide lenses? Well vignette no more. The Bright Tangerine matte boxes have the widest field of view on the market. In the photo above I was shooting on the Red Dragon camera in 6KFF (6144×3160) and the lens set to 11mm. At 11mm the lens itself vignettes until about 14mm. The matte box is never a problem and not once did I have vignetting. Pretty impressive. It’s the little things that show just how much thought is put into the Bright Tangerine products.
Not only do the Bright Tangerine matte boxes looks good, they pack a mean set of features not available on any other matte box. To accomplish that is one thing, but to offer them at a price below the competition is mind blowing. To be perfectly honest, you owe it to yourself to experience one of their products. I promise you will be happy with your purchase. Did I mention how strong the Misfit is?
If you’re interested in purchasing a system, please contact Rob at Bright Tangerine (Rob@brighttangerine.com). At the moment there is a special deal on the Misfit matte boxes for the holiday season only available directly from Bright Tangerine. If there was ever a time, it’s now! The Bright Tangerine line of products is now available at Abel Cine and Filmtools. Click HERE for a list of resellers near you.
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*Disclaimer: I am not an employee of Bright Tangerine and am not paid to promote their products.
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