As I'm waiting for my Scarlet to finally be delivered (yay!) I am contemplating whether or not to invest in a matte box for it. I will be using Zeiss ZF lenses and a Tokina 11-16. I realize that the general notion is that I should be using a matte box now that I'm stepping it up to the professional level, but even so, I want to understand why.
On the downside, in addition to adding cost it adds weight and bulk. Also it annihilates any lingering hopes of shooting guerilla style with the Scarlet (not that they're that great to begin with).
So what are the pros?
- Removing flares - Well, I get it but it's not been a huge concern for me so far, maybe because a) the Zeiss lenses are fairly resistant b) flagging it if it's bad is not that hard c) I like the look of it sometimes
- Allowing general filter use - Well, I am hoping that my current set of screw-on 77 mm filters (ND, vari-ND and pola) will do the trick. Maybe I'm missing something?
- Sliding graduated filters - OK, this seems great and is something I have been missing!
- Contrast - this is where it gets interesting. Aside from obvious flares already mentioned, does it also have an impact on contrast in general? Some of the washed out sunny footage I see from amateurs seems to lack a lot of contrast without having obvious flares. Would it have been fixed by using a matte box?
- Anything else? OK, for paid work I get the "I want to look professional"-factor, but I will be shooting my own Indie film(s) so it's not a factor for me right now.
Sorry to post such a basic question but I couldn't find the answer by looking through any current threads. Please be nice. :)