This year’s winner of the Cine Gear Expo Technical Award for camera technology was not a camera at all, but a mechanical accessory. After evaluating nearly one hundred of the latest technologies submitted and presented at this year’s Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles, the team of judges awarded ARRI’s new LMB 4x5 with one of the top prizes at the event.

ARRI is continually investing in its high quality, rugged, camera-independent accessories range and the new Lightweight Matte Box LMB 4x5 is no exception. This modular matte box expands on the feature set and creative possibilities of the popular LMB-25 while retaining an entry-level price tag. Suited for a wide range of applications in just one product, this robust but lightweight matte box allows for an unprecedented level of flexibility.

From a single-filter configuration for gimbals, drones or Steadicams to clamp-on versions and rod-mounted solutions (using either 15 mm lightweight or 15/19 mm studio rods), the LMB 4x5 makes short work of challenging situations. Altering the various applications does not necessitate any supplementary tools, making set-ups quick and easy. The new matte box is also highly compatible with existing legacy accessories; all clamp adapters and filter frames from the former models LMB-5, LMB-15, and LMB-25 are suitable. Also, to protect the investment of ARRI’s current customers, two levels of attractive upgrade options from LMB-25 to the new LMB 4x5 platform are available.

Offered in both a 4”x 5.65” and 4”x 4” filter size, the LMB 4x5 comes with a two- stage, non-rotating filter stage assembly. It can hold up to three filter stages, allowing either a non-rotating or rotating stage to be added to the two initial stages. The rotating stage allows for a 360° rotation, making it the first rotating stage on an LMB. Another new efficiency feature of the LMB 4x5 is the option to mount a 15 mm lightweight console to the top or the bottom of the clamp adapter. This feature was added to accommodate optical center rod mounts that are attached above the camera. In its most pared-down form, one filter stage together with one clamp adapter, the LMB 4x5 can also provide the smallest and lightest single filter stage setup available.

The valuable features of ARRI’s studio matte box line, such as tray catchers, tilting capability, and swing-away modules for fast lens changes are now available for the first time in a lightweight model. New enhancements, such as an additional filter stage in two different versions, a tilt-and-flex adapter, as well as expandable carbon fiber top and side flags that also fold flat for easy storage and transportation, make this matte box unique. The weight of the LMB 4x5 has been optimized to meet the demand for lightweight accessories on today’s film sets. The LMB 4x5 also maintains the streamlined design for which ARRI’s LMB range is known.


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