Matthews Studio Equipment has announced its new Gobo Plate. The Gobo Plate is a versatile mounting adapter that offers a quick, practical, and inexpensive way of attaching various grip equipment, on set and on location.
From camera equipment as well as stands, heads, and accessories to building materials like lumber, plastic, and metal, Gobo Plate solves a wide array of mounting needs. The Gobo Plate is designed to interface with any industry-standard 2.5” grip head. It offers 25 thoughtfully spaced holes for bolting on pins, ball heads, and other camera accessories as well as circular cutouts.
The plate can be screwed or nailed to lumber, apple boxes, overhead beams, set walls, or more. Mounted to stand risers and cart legs, it can add efficiency and versatility to any setup.
Gobo Plate was invented when professional photographer Mike Bradley occasionally needed an overhead beam in his studio. He didn’t want to invest in a truss so he struggled with placing a 2×4 on stands and used a multitude of grip gear to attach it. But he required crew for set up and even then, never felt it was safe. He solved the dilemma by designing a metal plate that would bolt or screw to the 2×4 and connect directly to a C-Stand.
Gobo Plate is machined out of a single sheet of steel that’s about 1/8” thick. It measures 3”/76.2mm by 7”/177.8mm and weighs 8.15-oz/.23 kg. A center cutout allows pass-through of a 5/8-inch rod or baby pin while a variety of medium holes provide pass-through for a 3/8-inch bolt. Numerous small holes accommodate standard nail and screw diameters. At each end T-slots with V centering secure quick grip head mounting. There are also corner safety carabiner lanyard mounts to safeguard a grip head.
Price & Availability
The Gobo Plate retails for $29 USD. It is now available to purchase.