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Another Ed Phillips Game Changer, Circa 1998

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Magic Finger Ed’s simply smart design for Magic Finger has made it one of the most popular grip accessories of all time. No wonder. This hefty little device is machined from a solid piece of steel—making it the safest product of its kind. A 5/8" pin attached to its ball joint pivots from -15° to +90° while the collar rotates 360°. An all-axis lock fastens positively with one locking handle and the knurled baby pin ensures that the item mounted stays put. The stand mount offers a 1-1/8" OD to fit a Junior Receiver, while the inside is bored to...

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Posi-V-Lock: for a better BITE on your Gear

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In 1994 Ed Phillips once again revolutionized the grip world by redesigning how things fit. Starting with the 4.5” grip head, a ‘V’ cut was added, replacing the original spherical slots—resulting in substantially better gripping power. Called “Posi-V-Lock”, the new design created a better bite on arms, flags, and scrims, which provided a much safer environment on set. And now—this lasting innovation has been incorporated into every 5/8” and 3/8” grip head the company makes! Matthews takes pride in manufacturing the strongest grip heads in the business and has added Mini and Micro Grip Heads for smaller applications. But the...

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Jeremy Saffer

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Being a celebrity and music portrait photographer means you are constantly thrown into unknown situations and locations. From shooting in a closet-sized dressing room, a hallway, outdoors in uneven terrain against the elements, to shooting in a studio, you often only know the what, when, why and who, but not the where and how of your photo shoot. Matthews’ stands solve the “how”. Problem solving is a big part of being an on-location photographer’s job. How to fit lights where you need them to be, how to fit yourself and your camera in with the lighting, and how to get...

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Matthews Briefcase Dolly—Fly With It!

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A tribute to the Legacy of Edward Phillips In the mid-‘80s it was all about location portability and the moving camera. Ed took the lead with the first ever Briefcase Dolly, co-designed by Steve Litt. A portable version of MSE’s famous Doorway Dolly, it rolled on smooth surfaces or PVC pipe, carrying a camera rig complete with camera operator and tripod and did double duty hauling equipment to set. Then it compactly folded into a 59- pound, handheld package. Although the Briefcase Dolly was retired in 2011, today’s Dutti Dolly captures the same portability and size with various upgrade options....

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ROADRAGS Support Sneak On The Lot

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Middle & High Schoolers Film Competition during Lock-down Filmmaking resource Sneak On The Lot, recently hosted a national online competition for schools and students in lock-down. To support the budding filmmakers through the altered realities in the days of COVID, Matthews stepped up and donated a prize: the original 18”x24” RoadRags Kit. ROADRAGS, a patented, portable lighting modification system, allows quick and easily studio-style lighting effects on location using portable light modification. ROADRAGS consists of two folding 18"x24" frames, single scrim, double scrim, artificial silk, and flag with convenient carrying bag. The elastic corded frames easily fold for storing and transporting....

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