We all know the truth. Matteboxes are the most ridiculously overpriced pieces of film equipment on the face of the planet. God forbid you want one with a swing away arm and rotating filter tray. I was looking for a cheaper alternative. After doing a ton of online research I decided to pull the trigger on one of the TRUSMT Matte Boxes that I’d seen on ebay.
I bought the one that comes with Carbon Fiber Flags. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Trusmt-DSLR-...item43b24be716
Don’t bother with the buy it now price. Just bid the minimum and you should win. I got mine 3-4 days after I ordered. Plus it comes with some weird mini rug thing. Not sure why.
The Swing away arm works like a champ. It’s fantastic. The overall construction of the mattbox is pretty solid. Both filter trays rotate nicely. The filter trays fit nice and snug and snap into place. The Carbon Fiber eyebrow is wonderful. I don’t know if it’s 100% Carbon Fiber, but it’s nice. The side flags are also nice. The screws that hold the flags on work great.
The filter trays are made of plastic. They are nicely made plastic, but there is no doubt that at some point one of these is going to snap in half. It’s not built to last. This thing will probably fall apart after a few years of use. Maybe even with a year of heavy use. The screws and rods that let you position the top and side flags kinda suck. They hold ok, but it’s tough to loosen them.
The Donut holder. This thing sucks balls. It looks like it should easily screw on an off but it doesn’t. Pretty sure I’ve already broken it. Which is ok. I bought one of those $10 lindcraft donuts to use instead.
Basically, you get what you pay for. You get a cheap mattebox. Is it a cheap piece of shit? no. Not at all. It’s no where near as nice as an Arri, but what do you expect when paying 1/5th the price.
I don’t love the mattebox, but I don’t hate it either. However I feel good that I made a good decision in buying it. It functions like a real mattebox. It holds filters. You can rotate them. It blocks the light. It swings away easily to let you change lenses, and it makes your camera look cool.