The top front tongue unzips for quick access to the camera, which can be secured to the bag by a snap-on strap.
A second compartment is designed to hold lens adapters, filters, batteries, a charger, and other accessories.
Chuck Gomez a graduate cinematography major at CUNY's Media and Communication Arts who works in the film and video industry as camera operator and AC, assisted me.
Lauren Lo Giudice, New York-based actor, was our model.
In the event the filter stage still touches the viewfinder, you may need to center-adjust the lightweight support. Loosen the screw, align the lightweight support, and secure.
When done properly, the matte box will be centered to the lens and give you the 1mm clearance from the viewfinder.
Its 23x11x11" dimension allows you to carry the camera onto most commercial flights.
The focusing knob of the follow-focus system, because of its far-left placement, compensates for this: by holding the camera with the right hand on the hand grip and the left hand on the focusing knob, you have now a well-balanced camera in your hands.You can, of course, not use it in those situations and remove the entire unit, but once you get used to pulling focus and hand-holding the camera with the unit on it may feel strange to have the "bare" camera in your hands.With a simple twist of the quick-lock mechanism knob that anchors the matte-box system to the 15mm lightweight support rods, you can easily slide off the matte box, leaving the rods and follow-focus system mounted. I have found this setup quite useful and efficient in documentary situations.As some readers may know, the EX1's Fujinon 14x zoom lens sports a proper focus barrel (with ft.and meter readings) that "stops" at infinity and at the macro end.
You can still rotate the filter stage, but from the bottom.