We started with filters, and we’re going to end with filters. As you may have noticed, matte boxes don’t have a universal standard for filter sizes. Some take both rectangular and circular filters.
Common sizes (in inches) for rectangular filters are:
- 4×5.65 (Panavision size)
Before buying, check the filters to see if they are compatible with the lens or matte box you have chosen. A standard size will give you more options.
As a general rule of thumb: Lenses with smaller thread sizes will work well with 4×4″ filters and matte boxes. PL mount lenses tend to have large thread diameters and need bigger filter sizes.
Suggestions for Filters
I will list both screw mounted (mainly 77mm filter size) and 4? x 4? matte box mounted filters.
The principle is the same for any size. It’s basically somewhat of a chicken and egg problem. Your choice of filters, lenses and matte boxes all form part of a single system, and that is how they should be put together.
|Filter Type||Circular (77mm)||Rectangular (4″ x 4″)|
B+W 77mm UV
Tiffen 77mm UV
|Tiffen 4×4 UV-2A Haze UV|
|Polarizing||B+W 77mm Kaesemann CPL||Schneider Optics 4″x 4″ True-Pol CPL|
|Fixed ND||Tiffen 77mm ND 0.9||Schneider Optics 4?x 4? ND 0.3|
|Variable ND||Singh-Ray Vari-ND Variable ND||Fader ND Digi Pro-HD|
|Grad ND||B+W 77mm Grad ND||Schneider Optics 4?x 4? ND 0.9, Soft Edge Graduated Filter|
|Diffusion||Tiffen 77mm Glimmer Glass||Tiffen 4×4 Gold Diffusion Special Effects (FX) Filter #1|
to search for more filters on Amazon.